The NYPD has identified a man suspected of targeting women in Bedford-Stuyvesant last month.
According to police, two incidents occurred on the morning of Sunday, August 31st. In the first one, at 7:10 a.m., a 33-year-old woman was walking near Patchen Avenue and Chauncey Street when a man lifted up her skirt. The police say, "As the victim attempted to follow him, he threatened her with physical harm by raising his fists stating he would punch her in the face."
Then, about 45 minutes later, police say that the suspect followed a 32-year-old woman to a building near Ralph Avenue and Bainbridge Street where he followed her into the vestibule and tried to rape her. The victim was able to fight him off, and he fled with her cellphone.
Police say the suspect is Cortez Simmons, 27, who is 6' and 195 pounds, with short black hair. There's also video of him:
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.