By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police are looking for a man who attempted to rape a woman in Stuyvesant Town in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 29.
The 20-year-old victim was walking near the M level exterior door of 7 Stuyvesant Oval around 5 a.m. when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her by the neck.
Police said that the victim resisted but she was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground when the suspect attempted to sexually assault her. Police said that another resident who was nearby came to the victim’s aid and called 911, after which the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect was last seen running west on East 17th Street towards Second Avenue. The victim suffered bruises to her forehead, neck and elbows and was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Police said that the man was wearing a blue shirt and black jeans. Surveillance video shows the suspect walking north on First Avenue and turning right onto East 16th Street shortly before the incident.
ST-PCV general manager Rick Hayduk sent a notice to residents on Saturday morning that management and Public Safety were working with the 13th precinct and the Special Victims Unit to find the suspect. Hayduk also noted that Public Safety Chief Fran Martin has dispatched additional officers for patrol in both Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village.
The STPCV Tenants Association also sent out a notice about the attempted rape, asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and not to allow people behind them to “piggyback” in by making sure that outside doors are closed securely and not allowing people without keycards inside.
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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.