06/08/2013 12:13 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Terrifying Moment Pregnant Woman Fights Off Rapist

Police have released terrifying footage of the moment a pregnant woman fights off an attempted rapist as she walked her dog in broad daylight.

The video shows a man who appears to be in his 20s approaching the woman from behind as she walked through the Inwood neighbourhood of Manhattan.

The man pounces on his startled 30-year-old victim, who is two months pregnant.

He attempts to rip off her clothes and reach into her shorts, but the brave woman is able to fight him off as she cries for help to passers-by.

The video then shows the man running away.

The suspect was dressed in a white T-shirt, denim shorts, sneakers and a red baseball cap and appeared to be 6 feet tall.

Police released the surveillance footage in an effort to catch the attacker. Anyone with information can contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline via