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Woman nearly sexually assaulted after asking stranger for directions on subway

A woman who asked a stranger for directions at a Brooklyn subway station was attacked by him before MTA workers scared him away, cops say.

The 36-year-old victim was on a southbound C subway around 2:45 a.m. Friday when she asked the unknown man for directions, cops said.

“He said, ‘Follow me, and I’ll show you where to go,’” a police source said. 

Both the man and the victim exited the train at the Lafayette Avenue station, cops said. On the platform, the man then turned around and exposed his genitals to the victim, according to police.

The man also grabbed the victim and attempted to force her to engage in oral sex but then fled the location because two MTA workers arrived, cops said. 

The victim was not physically injured during the incident.

The man being sought is described by cops as having a medium complexion and medium build and was last seen wearing a red baseball hat, a red t-shirt with the Nike logo on the front, black pants and white sneakers.

Surveillance video and photos were released by DCPI.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

 All calls are strictly confidential.