NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police tape was still up around the amphitheater in East River Park a day after a man dragged, raped and robbed a 26-year-old woman who was jogging near the Williamsburg bridge.
Police say the attack happened at 7:30 Wednesday evening.
Some runners told WLNY TV 10/55’s Sonia Rincon that they try to avoid running in the popular Lower East Side Park after dark.
“I wouldn’t come here at night because I don’t feel safe,” Siri May, a runner, said.
Leila Rafla runs at East River Park frequetnly. She said she’s surprised there wasn’t anyone around to help stop the violent assault.
“The reality is we’re still in New York, and it’s gorgeous but I wouldn’t run here at night,” Leila Rafla said. “I wouldn’t run when it’s dark. I’d stay on the streets or stay in a more populated area.”
The attacker stole the woman’s cell phone and credit card before taking off on a bike, according to police. As the search continues for him, police have set up flood lights to keep things bright here after dark.
Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area or have any information to call them
The victim was treated at a hospital.