NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Staten Island are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for an attempted rape that occurred on Monday.
Police responded to a 911 call of an assault in front of 441 Oakland Ave., around 9 p.m. Monday and when they arrived, officers were met by the 19-year-old victim.
The victim told police that while she was walking from the bus stop. She was grabbed from behind by the suspect, who forced her down to the ground and attempted to remove her pants and rape her, authorities said.
A 57-year-old witness heard the victim’s screams and started to yell, which apparently stopped the assault and caused the suspect to flee the scene. Vincent Corrado told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez said he’ll never forget the screams he heard as he took out the garbage beside his home.
“I heard a girl screaming. A lot of times it’s kids playing outside but this was screams of terror,” Corrado said.
Corrado said he saw shadows moving near the street and instinct moved him to take action.
“I yelled down there ‘what the hell is going on down there?!’ As I was coming down the stairs the guy got up and he took off down the block,” Corrado said.
Corrado said he ran to the woman’s side and called police, saving the young woman from a more violent fate.
“I just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” he said.
Corrado’s family is calling their hard working dad a hero.
“For what he did after a long day, for what he did, it’s awesome,” son Chris Corrado said.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 18 and 23 years old and 5-foot-8 with a slim build and shoulder-length wavy, blonde hair in a ponytail. He was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt and light blue jeans, authorities said.
Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.