BROOKLYN - Police are searching for a man they say forced a 22-year-old woman to perform a sexual act.

The incident happened this past Thursday near Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick.

Officials say the suspect, armed with a kitchen knife, approached the woman, pushed her into a building, and forced her to perform a sexual act.

Police say he then took off with her purse.

The victim was taken to the hospital and has since been released.