The NYPD is still searching for a man who raped and robbed a woman at knifepoint in Central Park around 9 p.m. on Monday night. Investigators have now identified a suspect, who can be seen in security camera video below:
Police say the man approached the 35-year-old female victim near West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue and offered to escort her home. While walking in Central Park with the woman, he allegedly brandished a knife, physically assaulted and raped the woman, and stole her purse before running away.
The victim sustained bruises to her face and lost a tooth in the attack, a police source tells the Daily News. DNAinfo has more detail on the incident from earlier in the week, before the investigators confirmed the victim was raped:
The victim, 35, was with another woman on East Drive, near East 108th Street, when she bumped into a man she knew about 9 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.
The victim said she had to head home and the man offered to walk her, so they parted ways with the other woman, police said.
At some point, the man attacked and robbed her, police said.
The suspect is described as approximately 30 years old, 190 lbs., with black hair and last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, tan pants, brown shoes and carrying a black book bag.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.