NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the hunt for the man they say dragged a woman by her hair and threatened to throw her off a subway platform in Brooklyn.
Investigators said the 19-year-old victim got off at the wrong stop along the “J” train line in Cypress Hills at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when her attacker grabbed her and demanded she perform some kind of sexual act.
When she refused, investigators said he attempted to push her onto the tracks. The victim fought back, and now police are asking New Yorkers to keep an eye out for the suspect who ran off.
Officials said they’re looking for a Hispanic man, approximately 6-foot, 220 pounds with a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a black winter hat, a black jacket, and dark blue jeans.
The suspect is facing reckless endangerment charges, according to police.
“A lot of women coming down here… lonely hours of the night. You gotta be scared of what could happen next,” Sita Mithu told CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas.
“There are a few bad apples out of the millions of people and every once in a while they surface and you do have to get them off the street,” area resident Peter Sommer added.
While city officials allege that crime is down overall, the NYPD says transit crime is up 2.5 percent compared to this time last year. The number of assaults (4.8 percent) and robberies (7.6 percent) have also gone up in 2018.