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Newton Police release sketch of strangler suspect

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 12, 2008 11:13 AM

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NEWTON

Newton Police released the sketch of a man wanted on attempted murder charges after he tried to strangle a woman Monday inside the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Center.

Police said the man walked into the center on Cherry Street at 3 p.m. Monday and asked for an employee by name. After he was told that person no longer worked there, the man asked to see a book in the library and showed an ID that appeared to be from the cultural center.

Inside the library, the man approached a 40-year-old woman and began to strangle her, police said. After the woman passed out, the man fled, police said.

The woman was taken to the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Police did not release details about her injuries or condition.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Asian male who is approximately 40 years old. His is 5 feet 5 inches tall, has a thin build, and weighs about 120 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the attack should call Newton detectives at 617-796-2104 or the police tip line at 617-796-2121.

-- Jillian Jorgensen

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