Yesterday, police released photos of the suspect who is accused of raping a transgender woman in the bathroom of the historic Stonewall Inn this weekend. Today, they also released surveillance video of the suspect lingering around the bathroom where the sexual assault is alleged to have taken place.

According to police, the incident happened around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night when the 25-year-old victim was inside a single-occupancy unisex bathroom at the bar on Christopher Street. She told police that a man came into the bathroom claiming he only needed to wash his hands, then proceeded to grope and rape her.

The NY Times adds that, "the woman told the police that she had indicated her lack of consent to the man, but did not resist out of fear of being hurt." The Times also reports that that the man apparently left the bathroom, then came back in and groped her again before fleeing the bar. You can see him exiting the bathroom at one point in the video.

The victim also left the bar after the incident. She returned about an hour later, and called 911. She was taken to Lenox Health Greenwich Village for treatment.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said today that the suspect, who is believed to be in his 30s or 40s, is known to frequent the bar on Saturdays. "People inside the Stonewall know him," he said. "We hope to have him identified in the next coming days." Anonymous sources told the Post he "may have been dealing drugs there."

Mayor de Blasio called the incident "very troubling" on Monday: "Look, it’s a very disturbing incident taking place in a site that’s very important historically and where something good happened in terms of creating more opportunity for people to live their lives."

Stonewall co-owner Stacy Lentz gave us this statement about the incident:

We are deeply saddened by the news of an allegation of sexual assault against a member of our community. That violence like this has allegedly happened even in a safe space like Stonewall Inn is upsetting and we are working closely with the police to investigate this alleged isolated incident at Stonewall, as we continue to work with the greater LGBTQ community to increase visibility, safety and acceptance for all transgender people and all members of our community.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.