A nurse from Connecticut was severely beaten in the bathroom of a popular midtown Manhattan bar after rejecting a patron's advances early this morning, law enforcement officials said.
The 30-year-old pediatric nurse was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken jaw and other injuries.
The attack allegedly occurred around 2 a.m. at Social, a three-story bar and lounge on Eighth Avenue on 48th Street, authorities said.
The woman told police that she had rebuffed attempts by an unidentified man to dance with her. When she went to the women's restroom on the second floor, he followed her and burst into a stall.
The man beat the victim until she was unconscious and police had originally feared she might have been sexually assaulted because her pants were pulled off. Police later said the victim was not sexually assaulted.
There was bloody evidence of the attack left in the bathroom, police said. The victim was discovered by a friend went to look for her after she failed to return to the bar. The friend called 911 believing she might have fallen.
When the victim regained consciousness, she told staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center she had been attacked.
Police were gathering security videotape and interviewing bar employees to try to identify the assailant. They have also taken evidence from the scene for analysis.
So far there have been no arrests. There was no immediate response to a phone message left at the bar.