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Police Search For Sexual Assailant Who Attacked Woman On LES

Suspect Attacked Victim In Elevator

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Monday were seeking help from the public in finding a man who sexually assaulted a woman in an elevator on the Lower East Side.

Around 3:05 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, the man followed the 23-year-old woman into an elevator in a building in the area of Cherry Street, where he tried to sexually assault her.

The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where her condition was reported as stable.

Police did not specify exactly where on Cherry Street the assault happened. The street runs through public housing developments, and is also lined with co-op buildings and other residential buildings.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, standing 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, blue jeans and a knit hat.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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