NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released a sketch of a suspect who they said is wanted for raping a woman near Brooklyn College.
The attack happened just before 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 about a block away from the school near east 27th Street and Glenwood Avenue.
Police said the suspect grabbed a 22-year-old woman as she was walking to work, forced her into an alleyway and then raped her. He then tossed her cell phone over a fence so she couldn’t call for help.
The attack has left many woman in the area on edge.
“I guess no one is safe no matter what time — broad day light,” said resident Christina Placide.
“I’m surprised. I’ve been living here the past 11 years and I’ve never heard anything like that happen over here,” said resident Tania Brewster.
“You think you’re in a secure place, but you know you’re never secure anywhere. Kind of scary actually,” said Brooklyn College student Elizabeth Elizalde.
The school has sent an email warning students to be on the alert as the suspect remains on the streets.
Police describe the suspect as a black man in his mid-20s, about 5 foot 7 and 160 pounds with a medium build and a bald head. He was last seen wearing a blue Yankees cap with a white brim and a dark gray jacket.
Anyone with information in regards is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.