Yesterday the NYPD released surveillance images of a man they say attempted to rape a woman in the lobby of her building on First Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Investigators say the man, who is described as being between 25 and 30 years old, about 5'9" inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, was caught on a surveillance camera following the woman into her building—but his alleged target successfully fought him off. In a harrowing interview with the Post, the 27-year-old First Ave resident tells how it happened:

I didn’t notice him until I walked into my building and I was in the hallway and I started walking faster [up to the first landing on the staircase]. Then I felt his hands on me, and I started screaming. He lifted my skirt. As soon as I felt that, I spun around kicking and screaming. I had lots of adrenaline, so I was pretty aggressive.

After she kicked and screamed, "F--k you! Get the f--k out of here! I know what the f--k you look like!" her assailant ran. She burst into her apartment, scooped up her dog, and called 911. She says the police arrived quickly, but although investigators obtained excellent surveillance video from outside the building, the perpetrator remains at large, and she was unable to ID the would-be rapist from any mug shots.

Still, she has faith the police will catch the man she aptly describes as "an animal." Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.