Cops: UES Woman Nearly Raped Blocks From Attack On 85-Year-Old

Residents Fearful After NYPD Announces There Are 2 Different Suspects

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Women on the Upper East Side are on edge after a 25-year-old woman told police she escaped being raped on the street last week just blocks from where an 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and robbed on Memorial Day.

The younger woman was attacked on 90th Street and Lexington Avenue around 5 a.m. on May 22 as she stopped to pull out the key to her building.

A nearby doorman heard her screams and ran to help her. The attacker fled the scene.

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Police confirmed they are investigating the attack. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the description of the suspect is different from the individual sought in Monday’s attack, but no details have been released.

Upper East Side resident Yalda Bahari told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman worrying about one attacker was bad enough, but to now find out there are two dangerous individuals out there is almost too much to bear.

“I think anywhere you are, you gotta be careful. I live in the neighborhood, so it’s a little upsetting to hear that,” Bahari said.

Added resident Doris Weisberg: “It doesn’t make me more relaxed, I can tell you that. Of course it does. Yes, it does make me more nervous.”

“It’s about protecting yourself and making sure you’re with somebody,” Hanna Klein told CBS 2’s John Metaxas.

The NYPD has released new, clearer surveillance video of the suspected sexual predator wanted in the brutal attack of an 85-year-old woman. Police said the suspect attacked the elderly victim as she was walking on East 83rd Street near Madison Avenue early Monday morning. He quickly escaped and police now know why.

“He then goes eastbound and goes into the subway station at East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue,” Commissioner Kelly said, describing what’s shown on the video.

“We’ve gotten 11 tips on our hotline and we are investigating all of them.”

The suspect is a tattooed man in his 20s, 5-foot-9 and wearing a white tank top. The suspect has tattoos on both arms: on his left arm they run from his elbow down to his wrist, on his right arm they go from his shoulder down to his elbow, police said.

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Police said he dragged the woman into a doorway, stole her jewelry and assaulted her.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is enlisting the public’s help in catching the suspect.

“People are calling. People are taking a look at the picture,” he said. “We now want to flood the zone.”

Kelly said there is a $12,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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There is a sense of anger and disbelief among residents of this well-to-do neighborhood. Manny Farcas is a senior citizen.

“It proves me wrong. I always say that I’m too old for them to bother, but obviously not,” said Farcas. “It’s obviously someone very, very sick.”

“You feel a little more nervous now, a little bit extra caution,” Laurie Margolies added.

The victim is recovering at a nearby hospital.

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Surveillance video of the suspect wanted for the assault of an 85-year-old woman (credit: CBS 2)

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

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  • joe

    Maria Diamond needs a new nose

    • KPMc


      You need to re-do childhood when you were supposed to learn how to act like a decent human being. Your parents failed.

  • nyc

    Just another mentally ill ,violent, dangerous person on the streets of New York. I have lived in NYC my entire lfe outside of some time in Europe and I can tell you it has never and I mean never been this bad ! Prisons are full, and many criminals are in and out of the can as a way of life ! Sad society we currently have and somehow I think it’s because the middle class is gone. People now are either rich, hard working poor or criminals.

    • wakeuppeople

      You said that it has never been this bad? How old r u anyways? In the 70s and 80s the subways were dirty and graffiti ridden and crime was very rampant. Times Square was a hell hole of prostitutes and XXX videos and crime. My mom would not let me ride the subway by myself until I was at least 16 and even then I’ve encountered my share of sickos. Subways smelled like urine and the stench u can smell from the sidewalks. Men jacking off in front of everyone. Cops were crooked and never came when called. NYC is way better than it was but I see a downturn of things to come the way they were.

  • nathan

    CBS: If you’re not going to actively moderate your comments section, pull it.

    • DanTe

      Ahhh… the itch for censorship by the dictatorial fascist. Typical.

  • Danny

    I was going to spout out some stuff towards diversity=death, but that would bring me to his level.
    Back to the point, all you street gangs and mafia and whatnot, find this guy. Don’t let the justice system take the action. This creep should never see the light of day again.


      This rape was his gang initiation rite !
      I know who operates the media Mike, get your head out of the sand !
      Hint: the media operators are akin to the county the US taxpayers have to fund
      with thier taxes against thier wishes to the tune of 4+ billion anually.
      Toss the racist word around all you want. Whites wake up and smell
      the roses — white christian quilt does you no good.

      • mike

        bite me!!

        u know its true..caucasions hate the truth!….murderers!

  • MIKE



  • VatVoo

    I sure hope this loser gets taken off the streets!

  • MIKE



  • jme

    castration comes to mind.

  • Lillie

    What a lowlife, I say when he’s caught just hang from his scrotums using guitar string from the GWB. How dare he violate this poor woman ?
    Based on the clarity of the photo I’m quite sure someone knows this moron, they need to come forward quickly and get him off the street before he does this again.
    Put out a HUGE reward, watch how they all come out the woodworks, disgusting !!

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