Brooklyn grandmother escapes attempted rapist who choked her, dragged her between parked cars

Samantha Liebman
November 30, 2019 - 1:24 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police are searching for a man who choked and tried to rape a grandmother in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving morning.

Deborah Rodriguez, 48, says she’s lucky but scared after she was attacked from behind by a man near 20th Avenue and 65th Street in Bensonhurst as she headed to work on Thursday morning.

Speaking exclusively with 1010 WINS as her daughter, Debrah Martinez, translated, Rodriguez says she suffered a broken nail while fighting the man off.

Rodriguez, a mother of three and grandmother of four, says she tried pleading with her attacker as he choked her and covered her mouth.

At one point, the man dragged Rodriguez between two parked cars and demanded she bend over.

“She was telling him, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.’ And he was telling her, ‘I want you to bend over and don’t scream,’” her daughter said.

Rodriguez says she bit and struck her attacker as she struggled to get away.

“Take everything. I have grandkids, I have kids. Please don’t do anything,” she told him.

It wasn’t until she screamed and flailed her arms at a passing car, that the assailant loosened his grip and she escaped.

“He saw the car that slowed down,” her daughter said. “That’s when she ran.”

In addition to the broken nail, Rodriguez suffered bruising to her neck. She was treated at an area hospital.

“I hope he gets caught,” her daughter said. “Cause it’s not just her. If he did that to her, she was lucky. Imagine somebody else.”

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect on Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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