Cops have released photos of the suspect who is accused of raping a transgender woman in the bathroom of the historic Stonewall Inn this weekend.
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 man fled the scene, and the victim also left the bar after the incident. She returned about an hour later, and called 911. She was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment.
“New York City has zero tolerance for sexual assault, and this crime will not go unanswered,” City Councilman Corey Johnson said in a statement.
"We are outraged by reports of a sexual assault that occurred at the Stonewall Inn late Saturday evening," NYC's LGBT Caucus said in a statement. "We applaud the NYPD for its swift action in seeking the suspect and urge anyone with information about this crime to come forward immediately."
Cops tell CBS that the suspect, who is believed to be in his 30s or 40s, is known to frequent the bar on Saturdays. He is described as having dark hair, a goatee and was last seen wearing a shiny gray suit and pointed shoes.
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 enter TIP577.
Update: 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.
And here's another look at the suspect:
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