81-year-old NYC woman has jaw broken in attack by sex offender

An elderly woman was choked and punched unconscious in a brutal attack by a neighbor who is a convicted sex offender, the NYPD says.

The Crown Heights woman was sleeping around 1 a.m. on Tuesday when she heard a noise coming from her living room.  Police say that she came across her upstairs neighbor.

He was identified as 50-year-old Thomas Johnson.

At a Wednesday news conference, NYPD Chief of Detective James Essig said that he choked and punched her, breaking her jaw as she passed out.

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New York City Police quickly identified Johnson as a suspect in the attack.  They allegedly found his bloody clothes from the attack in his apartment.

Essig says that Johnson has a lengthy rap sheet, including serving time for a sexual attack on a child.  He also has been arrested in the past for attempted murder and petty larceny.

Johnson faces assault, strangulation, and burglary charges in connection with this latest incident.