NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released surveillance video of a suspect who they is wanted in connection with a sex assault in Central Park.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police said a woman was walking on East 88 Street near 5th Avenue when she was approached by a man, who began talking to her as they walked toward Central Park, police said.
The two entered the park near 100 Street, walked along a bike path and then sat on a bench, police said.
That’s when police said the suspect turned violent. He dragged the woman into a grassy area and raped her, police said.
She was eventually able to get away and ran to Mt. Sinai Hospital. The suspect took off on foot in the opposite direction, police said.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video walking with the victim before the attack and then again alone after the attack, police said.
He is described as a black male, in his early 30s and between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9. He was last seen wearing a red hat, black leather jacket and blue jeans. The suspect told the victim his name was Omar, police said.
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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