NYPD On The Hunt For East Village Attempted Rape Suspect

If You Recognize This Man, Sought In Sunday Attack, Call The NYPD Immediately

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a sexual predator alert in the East Village.

On Monday, police released crystal-clear surveillance video of a man they said tried to rape a woman inside her apartment building, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reports.

Police are asking the public to call them if anyone recognizes the man in the video.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

It was recorded moments before the alleged attempted rape. It shows the suspect helping himself into a woman’s apartment building on First Avenue in the East Village. Cops said the perpetrator followed his target — a 27-year-old woman — home from the First Avenue subway station at 14th street early Sunday morning.

They said he pushed her down and tried to rape her in her hallway.

Neighbors have different feelings when it comes to their safety in the East Village.

“I’m surprised. I feel it’s a safe neighborhood. I have two kids. It’s pretty scary,” said resident Kathy Butterly.

“People say it’s safer now. I think it was in the ‘60s and ‘70s safer. Less people, more residential,” added resident Rachel Leone.

Police said the man wound up running off when the woman fought back. People living along First Avenue said it’s always busy around here so it’s easy to have a false sense of security.

“So maybe your guard is down a little too much,” Remy Bennett said.

“It’s terrifying. I’ve heard stories, but didn’t know it actually happened and it’s happening right here,” added resident Lauren Hector.

Along with the surveillance video, police describe the suspect as in his 20s, 5-foot-9 and about 170 pounds.

Police said the attack is not linked to any other incidents, but are reminding people to be extra vigilant and try not to walk alone, especially in the early morning hours.

If you have any information about the suspect, you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers. You can:

  • Call their hotline at 1-800-577-8477 (TIPS). All calls are kept confidential.
  • Log on to the Crime Stoppers website.
  • Text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.
  • J C

    East Village NYPD investigating a rape? They’re usually the ones committing the rape. Like that drunk girl that they “walked home” a couple years ago, and then f*cked her while she lay in a pool of her own vomit.

  • empire

    Race is NEVER mentioned when a minority is involved!!!!! The description would say a 5’8′ 170lb man try to do ………………………….

    • Freedomwriter

      You are 100% wrong. This site will post it, if the race is available .. but ny1.com never does. Now that station is PC to a fault.

    • John Marin

      Actually I’m surprised that the magic word for Mayhem, Hispanic, wasn’t used here at all. That is how the media and polkice perceive people of that culture, criminals

  • Andrew Nutra

    Is it always rape? What if he just didn’t call her the next morning?

  • Andrew Nutra

    Ummm, try Zuccotti Park, they protect each other there.

  • Debbie Fray Farber

    What a creeton! That is what evil looks like! When they catch him – and they will catch him – I hope they play this video for him and make him watch it in his jail cell on a constant loop!

    • Freedomwriter

      Was the short bus on time to pic you up today?

  • What an Idiot

    When are these idiots going to realize that crime does not pay? Most store fronts and homes these days have video survellance and this fool got caught by one. This is a very clear picture to boot. He will be caught in a day

  • KIKI

    Why is HIS race mentooned, if other races can’t be mentioned? I personally think they should mention race in all cases.

    It’s just seems odd t o have it specified here when it usually never mentioned….

    Just saying..

    • jtorres

      They also mention his age, height, & weight. It’s called a description and race is always included because it’s part of what to look for when you’re trying to find him.

      • DanTe

        Stupid deSPICable, race is NOT always mentioned.

    • me

      you’re an idiot. race is always mentioned.

      • KIKI

        No. It snot.

    • sting

      you are a complete fool.
      race is always mentioned


    typical white rapist….. whoever knows this guy personally will come foward….couldnt get a better picture….he’s done

  • jamal

    White dud?…no comments now…lol

    • DanTe

      White? Hardly. It’s obviously a greece ball. One bare step above deSPICable.

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