NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman after locking her inside a McDonald’s bathroom in Brooklyn.
Police said the suspect followed the 22-year-old victim into the restroom of the eatery near Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue in Canarsie around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
He then allegedly locked the door, pushed the woman against the wall and pulled his pants down.
Police said the woman screamed and the man calmly walked away.
Residents in the area said they’re surprised.
“Wow, that’s terrible. Oh my god… I hope they find him,” Nicola Hyman said. “You have to use the ladies’ room, obviously, but you just have to be careful and aware of what’s going on. There’s crazy people out there.”
Managers at the McDonald’s did not want to discuss the alleged crime, but customers told CBS2’s Brian Conybeare it’s hard to believe it could happen in a crowded restaurant in the middle of the afternoon.
“I’m very surprised, very surprised,” one patron said. “I have heard of things happening in the middle of the night in the neighborhood, but not in the middle of the day like that.”
“It doesn’t seem like it would occur in this area, especially in a McDonald’s that’s frequented as much as it is,” customer Tyrone Casey added.
The woman was not hurt.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video wearing a black jacket, gray T-shirt, black pants and red sneakers.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips on the Crime Stoppers website or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.