Nurse Beaten Because She Wouldn't Dance with Man at Nightclub, Police Searching for Assailant

Frame from Surveillance Video of Suspect in NYC Nightclub Beating (Courtesy: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A 29-year-old nurse was savagely beaten in the restroom of a New York City nightclub after she spurned a man's advances. The woman suffered numerous injuries, including a broken eye socket and jaw.

New York detectives have released surveillance video from a security camera near the bar's entrance that captured images of the suspect walking down the sidewalk and looking at his hand - an indication it might have been injured during the attack.

The department released the footage in hopes of identifying him, but said none of the resulting tips had panned out as of Friday.

The woman, a pediatric nurse, told authorities that the attack happened around 2 a.m. Thursday, at Social, a three-story bar and lounge on Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan where she had gone with a friend, authorities said. She rejected the man's attempts to dance with her before going to the 2nd floor restroom. She said he followed her and burst into her stall and beat her until she lost consciousness.

Her friend came looking for her after she didn't return, found her sprawled on the floor of the stall, and called paramedics.

The suspect is described as a clean shaven man in his 30s. Police are asking anyone with any information about the attack or the suspect to contact the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).