NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to find a suspect who is wanted for raping a woman in broad daylight on the Lower East Side.
It happened Sunday, Oct. 9 around 7 a.m. and was captured on surveillance video.
The video shows the woman walking along Attorney Street pulling a suitcase. You can see the suspect come up behind her.
For some reason, he stops and puts his hat on the hood of a nearby car.
Police say he then continues after her, raping her in the middle of the sidewalk.
Police say the suspect then took off after the victim fought back, but first he stops to get his hat.
Many woman in the neighborhood say what’s so scary about the attack is that the victim was just walking down the street on a Sunday morning.
“You wouldn’t think it would happen,” said Lower East Side resident Adie Koby. “I wouldn’t.”
Watch the surveillance video below:
Police say the suspect is a black man between 20 and 22-years-old. They describe him as being 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build weighing about 160 pounds.
If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
This attack is just another in a long list of sexual assaults that have happened around the city.
In just the past few months, at least two dozen women have been sexually assaulted in Brooklyn and Queens.
On Monday, police arrested a suspect in connection with an attack in Sunset Park back in May.
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