NYPD Continues Search After Alleged Sex Assault Against Elderly Woman

Ritzy Upper East Side Neighborhood Shocked And Appalled At Incident

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A manhunt continued Tuesday for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted an elderly woman on the Upper East Side.

The terrifying ordeal took place smack dab in the heart of one of New York’s toniest neighborhoods.

Surveillance video shows the male suspect dragging a woman in a headlock along the sidewalk on East 83rd Street off Madison Avenue, a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Moments later, police said, the suspect forced the 85-year-old victim to perform a sex act in the stairwell.

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Police said the male suspect grabbed the woman during her walk at about 5:40 a.m. Monday.

“It happened so quickly and so briefly. Just a couple of seconds and that was it,” doorman Rolando Colombani said. “We don’t know if he had a weapon, really don’t know. Took her right there, did what he did real quick, cause it was like a few minutes.”

When asked if the suspect was following the victim, Colombani said, “I believe so because she came from around the corner.”

The suspect was described as a 25-30-year-old light-skinned male Hispanic, around 5-foot-10, wearing a white tank top, and with tattoos on his arms.

The suspect also allegedly robbed the woman of a gold ring she’s had for more than 50 years.

The attack and subsequent police presence has residents in the upscale neighborhood nervous.

“Eighty-five. Who can believe this absurdity? Madness in the streets of New York.  Find this person immediately,” Upper East Side resident Linda Peterson Warren told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“If you can’t be safe taking a walk in your neighborhood, there isn’t anywhere to hide. There’s nowhere to go,” said resident Ina Torton.

“It’s very scary,” said resident Alicia Torton. Asked if this will change her routine or how she goes out, she answered: “Yeah, I’m not going out when nobody is around.”

A woman named “Sheila” told CBS 2’s Slattery she lives in the same building as the victim, some three blocks from where the attack took place.

“I know she volunteered at the Metropolitan Museum at one time and at Sloan Kettering. We chatted, lovely woman,” Sheila said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

If a suspect is caught and convicted of a sex assault on an 85-year-old, what’s the appropriate punishment? Will this story make you change your everyday routine? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Dano

    Was she dressed provocatively?

  • John Prato

    It looks like he picks on the olderly. I hope she’s ok! I hope they catch this guy before he does that to someone else.

  • Not Politically Correct

    Hey CBS, how is this an ALLEGED Sex Act? It happened. Are you insinuating that the Victim is lying about this? Get your Headline correct and lose the “alleged” part of the Headline.

  • Wolf

    WHEN do we begin DEPORTING all of these ILLEGAL people in OUR country?? It seems the Powers To Be are waiting for some poor innocent person to be victimized!!! How many times a day do we have to read of these horrific crimes? Start deporting immediatly and watch how fast these crazy crimes stop.

  • Karmina Dai/Karmina Chin

    CASTRATION!!! If a man has the audacity to do something like this, then he should loose his entire male anatomy…I’m sorry, but this is someone’s mother or grandmother,even GREAT grandmother…What is this world coming to!!!

  • steve

    What a disgusting animal. Hopefully he’ll fall on the third rail, or get crushed under a bus.

    Hey pro-life extremists!!! WAKE UP – why would you allow filth like this guy to reproduce (especially if such reproduction occurred against the will of the other party)? We should do EVERYTHING WE CAN to eliminate people like this from the human gene pool.

    • Barbara

      @Steve I agree!! Actually his mother should have aborted him!! not everyone deserves to be born!!



    • steve

      Yes – by herself at 5:30am (even in a nice neighborhood) is risky. That’s still no excuse for that filthy animal to do what he did.

      Your logic is flawed, Crackhead (and your nickname is appropriate) – if you’re blaming the victim, maybe you’ve been smoking too many of those rocks.

    • KPMc

      It’s called starting your day in the morning. Put down the pipe and join the working world that pays taxes and contributes to society you parasite.

  • chula

    Give them time to fit the crime – this crime is attempted murder being the victim is 85 yrs old – You cant let them win and stay inside – Go out in pairs with a friend – dog etc – they are the ones that have to be taken away and locked up inside somewhere.- band them from New York

  • MrPhilip Philip Philips

    More faster a speedier camares must be installed all over the world and personal computers should be able’d to be linked to these camares on the streats so crimes can be detected instantly and help sort. I am sure it is already on the drawing board .People dont need privicy on the streets do they .Now it is these criminals who seem to have that privicy and take advantage of others .

    • Jose` Acevedo Jr

      MrPhilip that is a great idea. With the amount of people on computers everyday, The police would have more people giving thiem vital information when it comes to these creeps, that like to prey on older people. Cowards that’s what their are.

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