NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search is on for a man who police say posed as a customer and tried to rape a woman at a Queens spa last month.
The suspect pretended to be a customer and asked to use the restroom at the Health Foot Spa on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica back on July 9, according to the NYPD.
As the 49-year-old victim walked him to the bathroom, police said he forced her into a room where he tried to take off her clothes.
When the victim resisted, police said the suspect slapped her in the face and bit her chest.
The man took off when he heard other people in the building, police said.
The spa owner, who wasn’t there at the time of the incident, said the victim is a close friend of hers who was visiting from China. She told CBS2’s Erin Logan that she had never seen the man before.
Other people who walk Hillside Avenue often say they’ve never seen him before either.
“Other people who walk Hillside Avenue often say they’ve never seen him before either,” said Ella Jackson of Jamaica.
“I think he needs to be caught and punished for what he did,” Johanna Benn said.
The suspect remains on the loose.
Anyone with information in regards to this 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 by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.