Police are looking for a man they say tried to rape a woman in the elevator of her building in Stuyvesant Town early Friday morning.
It was around 4 a.m., when the man, who is described as Hispanic with dark hair, followed a 20-year-old resident into the building and then tried to rape her.
He finally fled the elevator after she screamed and struggled.
The suspect, seen in surveillance video, is seen climbing down a tree after running off to escape. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. The building appears to be in the 600 block of East 14th Street.
The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center, according to a post on the ST-PCV Tenants Association website. In it, the TA advises neighbors to be not let anyone into their building that they don’t recognize.
“Although our neighborhood is generally safe, we have had incidents — most recently the StuyTown Groper — so it’s important for everyone to stay alert, not just for themselves but for their neighbors and the security of the building,” the TA said.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
*This article has been updated to include information from the Tenants Association.