NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The incident was caught on tape twice – a man forcing a woman down an alley in the middle of the day in Flatbush-Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, then raping and robbing her.
But as CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, it was once specific moment captured by surveillance cameras afterward that could be key. The suspect was spotted tossing an item away – evidence that could help identify the rapist on the run.
In the video, the man is seen forcefully leading the 22-year-old woman into the alleyway in broad daylight. The attack happened around 9:45 a.m. Saturday near East 27th Street and Glenwood Road in Brooklyn.
After raping the woman, the suspect robbed her and took off, police said. It was a crime that left many neighbors in the area on edge – especially in a neighborhood where such crimes do not usually happen.
Women in the area were especially concerned after the attack – especially those who tend to walk alone.
But the second of the two pieces of surveillance video could be key. It shows the suspect by himself, throwing something from the scene as he flees.
Police have not identified what the item was, but they have released a description.
The suspect is described as black man in his mid-20s, approximately 5’6″-5’7″, 160 pounds with a medium build and bald head. The suspect was last seen wearing a blue Yankees baseball hat with a white brim and dark gray jacket.
And while some will now buddy up while venturing outside, others such as a pediatrician in the area noted that it is always important to be on alert.
“I spent 60 years in New York,” said Dr. Mark Lew, “and you know, things happen, but they happen everywhere.”
Anyone with information may submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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