NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The reward has been increased as police continue to hunt the suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a woman in Forest Park last week.
According to police, the attacker struck his 69-year-old victim with a stun gun – but didn’t fire – around 4:30 p.m. on August 26 near Myrtle Avenue and Forest Park Road in Forest Park. He knocked her to the ground and then sexually assaulted her, police said.
Police are offering a $22,000 reward for information in this case.
The city of New York is offering $10,000, the NYPD is offering an additional $10,000 for the suspect’s arrest and conviction and Crime Stoppers will give a reward of $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspect.
The victim told police she was approached by a white man standing 5’9″ to 5’11” and wearing a black shirt and black sweat pants. He is described as being a white man, 30 to 40 years old with light brown hair. He was clean-shaven at the time of the attack, police said.
The woman, who is an immigrant and does not speak English well, waited a couple of days before reporting the attack, sources told CBS 2’s Lou Young last week.
This latest incident was the second time this year that a woman has been sexually assaulted by a man armed with a stun gun in the park, police said.
In March, a 23-year-old woman reported a similar attack in the same park. She told police a man came from behind her and shot her in the neck with a stun gun before sexually assaulting her.
Police have not linked the two attacks.
Anyone with information in regards to this latest incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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