NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released surveillance video of a person of interest sought in connection with a sex attack in Little Italy.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Monday inside an apartment on Mulberry Street.
“Individual enters [the] woman’s bedroom, it’s one of the upper floors. We believe he entered from the fire escape,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Police said a man crawled through a window and raped a woman at knifepoint in her bed. The woman said the man threatened to hurt her if she didn’t follow his orders.
The woman’s 7-year-old daughter was in the bed, beside her, during the attack. The girl was unharmed in the incident, police said.
The suspect then fled out the front door, according to the woman.
“It’s really scary, they went into her home, that’s the part that makes me nervous that somebody invaded her home like that,” Little Italy resident Danielle Dittus said. “It could happen anywhere.”
Along with the video of the person of interest, police have released a sketch of the suspect.
He’s described by police as a black man between 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He dressed in all black, including a black knitted hat and a black leather jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit Crimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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