A 23-year-old woman was attacked on a Manhattan street, and police say that the suspect put her in a chokehold. Luckily, the woman was able to fight him off.

According to the NYPD, the incident occurred at 4:55 a.m. on Sunday, June 7th. The woman was walking opposite 260 West 78th Street—which is between West End Avenue and Broadway, by the Collegiate School—when the suspect "approached her from behind, put his arm around her neck and his hand over her mount and began to choke her." He fled after the victim fought back and got free.

The victim spoke to WCBS 2, and said she was walking to the subway to get to work. She thought it was a jogger at first, because that's usually who's out at that time of morning: "A guy put me in a chokehold; hand over my mouth so I couldn’t scream.... I was just pulling the arm that was around my throat just trying not to pass out. So it was pretty much survival mode. We struggled; fell to the ground, and the next thing, he let go of me and then ran towards Broadway."

The attacker didn't take her purse, and she said, "The intention I knew he had was to black me out, and that was it. If he was going to rob me — if it was going to be anything else — I have no idea, because his obvious intention was to pass me out first." The victim, who is a baker, also said, "Thankfully, my job probably gave me the strength in my arms, because I pick up 50-pound bags of flour and sugar three days a week."

One resident admitted, "I think these things are always surprising, and yet, we live in New York City and this kind of thing happens."

Police released video of the suspect:

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.