June 6, 2014 By Michael Florio
The police are searching for a convicted sex offender who allegedly punched a 53-year-old woman in the elevator of her Astoria apartment building before attempting to sexually assault her.
The police said that Elvis McKenzie, 27, followed the woman into the building, located near 8th Street and 27th Ave, at 11:30 p.m. on Monday, and then attacked her in the elevator.
McKenzie punched and tried to choke the woman, before attempting to sexually assault her, according to the NYPD.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released.
The 6-foot-4, 200 pound, McKenzie fled the scene and is still on the run.
McKenzie was convicted of a sex crime in 2007, according to state records. He served three years in prison.
The police are asking for anyone with information connected to this crime to call 800-577-TIPS.