By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for a thug who punched a woman in the face repeatedly and then pulled down her underwear near Stuyvesant Town.
At around 2 a.m., a woman was walking in the vicinity of East 18th Street and First Avenue when a man crept up behind her, grabbed her in a chokehold and dragged her to the ground. When the 30-year-old victim tried to fight back, the man punched her multiple times until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she realized her underwear had been lowered to her knees and her phone was gone.
The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
The suspect is described as black, 150 lbs., 5’7″ to 5’10”, 25 years old, with a beard; last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark colored pants and a yellow metal chain around his neck. Video surveillance footage of the man shows him entering a Stuy Town building. However, police said the incident occurred outside on a public sidewalk, and the victim did not know her attacker.
UPDATE: Police originally said the incident occurred in the 300-block of East 18th Street in the geographical confines of Stuyvesant Town. This post has been updated to reflect information from Rick Hayduk, the general manager of Stuyvesant Town, who said the address was on East 18th Street between First and Second Avenues.
Hayduk added that a wanted poster of the suspect will be released to residents this morning.
An an email to residents, management said: “In response to the attack, additional Public Safety officers are patrolling in and around PCVST to ensure safety for all residents, visitors and the wider NYC community. We will continue constant monitoring of the property as PCVST residents’ safety is our main concern.”
“As a reminder, residents are always encouraged to be conscious of their surroundings and
- Do not hold or open doors for anyone that you do not know.
- Never prop open doors; if a door is opened, take initiative and close it.
- The blue lights around PCVST denote emergency boxes; know where these boxes are and use for any suspicious activity.
- If you see any suspicious behavior, contact PCVST Public Safety at 212-598-5233.”
Anyone with information in regards to this incident, which has been classified as a robbery, 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 at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the suspect entered a Stuy Town elevator. However, he didn’t make it past the vestibule, according to a spokesperson for Blackstone.