Woman sexually assaulted outside Brooklyn church

October 9, 2011 8:12:47 PM PDT
A warning for parishioners at a church in Brooklyn.

A woman was attacked, sexually assaulted and robbed right outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sunset Park.

The assault and robbery happened near the church's parking lot.

The parish priest immediately alerted his congregation which helped spread the word quickly throughout this neighborhood.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday Jenny Quan heard someone screaming for help outside her window.

Police say a 35-year-old woman was sexually assaulted near 60th Street and 6th Avenue in Sunset Park.

Police say a man fondled her, stole her purse and then took off running.

Sunset Park resident Bettina Delprete can't believe this happened so close to her home.

"5:30 on a Sunday morning, not that many people. There are some who go to work. I just hope they catch the person," Delprete said.

The suspect's description is vague; an Asian man in his 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

There have been a string of sexual assaults in the Park Slope area.

Police believe this attack is not related to those.