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Woman choked by stranger as she walked out of shower

A woman is recovering after a man broke into a house and choked her unconscious as she was walking out of the bathroom, according to New Orleans police.

It happened in Wednesday around 7 p.m. in the 8200 block of Green St. in the Leonidas area.

The 39-year-old victim was standing outside of the house painting when an unknown man approached and started to harass her. He told her she should not be painting but going out with him, according to a neighbor.

The woman went inside the house and locked the door. She decided to take a shower. When she turned the water off, she heard loud music coming from the stereo. The victim walked out of the bathroom and saw the man standing in the hallway. The woman said all of the curtains in the house had been closed.

The man choked her until she was knocked out, according to the NOPD. When she regained consciousness, the man was still standing over her. She kicked him in the groin and ran into a bedroom to call police.

The attacker ran out of the house in an unknown direction. Police say he is wanted for aggravated burglary. They describe him as 6' tall with a muscular build, between 21-24 years old.

Mark Davis, a longtime homeowner in the area, said the attacker had been seen previously in the neighborhood and identified himself as "Patrick."

"This is a crime of predation," Davis said. "This is not an accident. This is not a crime of opportunity. This is the sort of thing that seems cold and calculating."

Davis said he spoke with the victim after the attack and was disturbed by what he learned.

"In talking with her afterwards and some of the police officers, it was very clear that we have a predator in this neighborhood," he said.

The crime has residents - families, retirees and young college students - nervous.

 Ahmad Shakir's friend lives on the block.

"You know, I can believe, even for myself, the shock even when someone else walks up behind you, you're afraid and things of that nature," Shakir said. "So to see someone in your house trying to force themselves in some type of way - whether it be a robbery or a rape - it's pretty scary."

Davis said he hopes the police investigation ends soon - with an arrest.

"I think until this is solved, until this person is found, no one should be satisfied," he said.

If you have information on a crime and would like to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers directly at 504-822-1111 or post an online tip at www.crimestoppersgno.org.  If your information leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect, you are eligible for a cash reward.

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