A 60-year-old woman was dragged into the basement of an East New York apartment building and raped on Wednesday. Police released surveillance video of the suspect, who they say also punched the victim.
According to the NYPD, the assault took place before 6 a.m. on July 13. When officers responded to the incident at 463 Berriman Street, police say that they learned from "the 60-year-old victim that an unidentified male grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth and dragged her into boiler room of the location where he repeatedly punched her in the face and raped her."
The woman was part of a group who collected recyclables, WABC 7 reports: "Sources say the victim had gotten separated from her friend. Clearly upset after the attack, the victim is seen back with her friend, both pointing toward the building where the attack unfolded."
The suspect is described as 5'6"-5'7" tall and 145 pounds with a medium build with close-cut hair. He was possibly wearing a blue shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.