The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man suspected of raping a woman in Central Park early Sunday morning. According to the NYPD, the victim, 28, was approached by the suspect as she walked on East 88th Street near 5th Avenue at approximately 3:30 a.m. The suspect and the victim began talking "and continued to walk together toward Central Park."
Investigators say the victim and the suspect, who told her his name was Omar, eventually entered Central Park near 100th Street, and "after walking along a bike path, both sat down on a bench. The suspect then turned violent on the victim, and dragged her into a grassy area and raped her. The victim managed to flee the scene, and the suspect fled on foot in the opposite direction. After the attack, the victim ran to Mt. Sinai Hospital."
According to the NYPD, the suspect is a black male, approximately in his early 30's and 5'6"-5'9" tall. He was last seen wearing a red hat, black leather jacket and blue jeans. The suspect told the victim his name was "Omar."
Surveillance video shows the suspect walking with the victim prior to the attack; additional footage shows just the suspect walking alone, looking over his shoulder, after the attack:
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.