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A disturbing video which appears to show a homeless man attempting to rape a 25 year old woman on the subway in the wealthy Upper East Side of Manhattan is going viral on social media.

The man can be seen in the clip pushing a 25-year-old woman to the ground and attempting to rape her in broad daylight in New York City

The horrific attack took place at the Q train subway station at Lexington Avenue and East 63 Street around 11am on Saturday. According to police, the woman  was waiting for the train when the homeless man approached her and pushed her to the ground.

‘The individual then climbed on top of the female and attempted to rape her, but he stopped when a crowd of bystanders formed,’ New York Police said.

The woman was reportedly heard screaming and bystanders yelled and shouted at the suspect to get off of her. Cops were called to the scene and the assailant ran away.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her body but refused medical attention.

Authorities are still looking for the suspect, who was last seen wearing sunglasses, a black long sleeve shirt, dark cargo pants and brown shoes. Watch the video below :