Police have released a sketch of the suspect wanted for raping a woman on a Queens sidewalk Sunday morning. The victim, a recent immigrant from China, was on her way to work; the Daily News reports, she "was walking the 45 blocks from her home to work because she hasn’t yet learned the transit system."

The 51-year-old woman had been walking along the Horace Harding Expressway when was attacked around 6:22 a.m. and sexually assaulted behind 60-07 168 Street. According to the NYPD, she was approached "from behind" and then "placed' in a chokehold as the suspect "rendered her semi-conscious threw her down to the ground and sexually assaulted her."

Authorities say the suspect fled in a dark, four-door sedan westbound on the Horace Harding Expressway.

A source tells the Daily News that the victim had been on the phone with her sister in China during the time of the attack. After the assault, the suspect "tried to wipe both of them clean with a striped T-shirt and gave the victim some liquid to wash herself with, sources said... He spoke to the woman in a Chinese dialect before fleeing, sources said, uttering something to the effect of 'get out of here.'"

She managed to walk to her work, the IOG Supermarket on 69th Avenue, still 1.4 miles away, and called her son when she got there. The Post reports, "The son later went to the grocery store and the two reported the crime to police at around 10:45 a.m."

A couple interviewed near the location told the Post they were frightened; the husband said, "I’m a man, but I’m scared to walk by myself. If someone wants to do something bad, they are gonna study the area. They come here, they say, ‘Oh, its dark. It’s lonely... I can do something bad here.'"

Police say the suspect is between 35 to 45 years old, 5'10", 180 lbs; and was last seen wearing dark colored hooded sweater and dark colored jeans.

Anyone with information in regards 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 Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.