Investigators have released a sketch and surveillance video of the suspect accused of threatening and attempting to rape a jogger in Brooklyn yesterday.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, "When you attempt to rape...a person, not only do you traumatize the victim, you traumatize the family. That traumatization spreads throughout the entire community."
According to the NYPD, the incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. in Prospect Park, near Garfield Place and Prospect Park West: Police officers responded to a 911 call and found a 23-year-old woman who said that while she was jogging, "an unidentified male approached the victim from behind when he threw her to the ground, produced a knife and stated that he was going to sexually assault her. The victim resisted and a struggle ensued at which time male fled."
The victim suffered a cut to her right finger and was taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition.
Police describe the suspect as being about 5'10" to 6' and 180-190 pounds with short hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black pants with white lettering on one pant leg, and black sneakers with white bottoms.
A Park Slope resident said, "As a female who actually jogs at this park, I am greatly concerned. Usually, I come here after work with my co-workers, so it's usually a lot of people that's running in the park."
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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.