New York City man wanted for trying to strangle teen girl sitting outside sushi restaurant

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An unhinged man randomly choked a teen girl sitting outside a Queens sushi restaurant, terrifying video released Saturday by cops shows.

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The incident unfolded at about 5:15 p.m. Monday at Watawa Sushi on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, when a disheveled looking man with long hair wearing a white T-shirt, black jacket and jeans walks up behind the 16-year-old and suddenly puts her in a chokehold, according to police and surveillance video.

He releases her, menacingly stands nearby, and ultimately backs off, the video shows. A passerby can been seen trying to intervene.

The victim suffered pain, redness and swelling but was not taken to the hospital, the NYPD said.

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