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ASTORIA, Queens (WABC) — Police are searching for a man who started to strangle a 16-year-old girl at a restaurant in Queens.

The man walked up to the teen outside Watawa Sushi in Astoria and put her in a chokehold.

He released her in under two seconds but remained nearby and approached her table again.

A witness ended up intervening.

The teen was not seriously injured.

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