The NYPD is searching for a man who raped a woman in Brownsville early Saturday morning, reportedly gaining her trust by offering to help her get a drunken friend home safely, then attacking her once she was alone.
The NYPD says the suspect, a man with a long ponytail and facial hair, approached the 20-year-old victim around 2:20 a.m. near the corner of Herzl Street and Dumont Avenue in Brooklyn. After trying to "engage her in conversation," he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her into Betsy Head Park, where he raped her. According to police, he fled the scene with her purse, and was subsequently captured on security video. When last seen, the suspect wore a black hooded sweater, blue and white jeans, black sneakers and an orange-lined black jacket.
Anonymous sources tell the NY Post that the suspect approached the woman as she was taking care of her inebriated friend outside a house party. He reportedly enlisted a cab for the friend before offering to escort the woman home. According to the Post's account, he propositioned her as they walked through the park, and after she rejected his advances, he forced himself on her. Afterward, the suspect allegedly stole her phone and fled. The woman reportedly caught the attention of a driver, who called 911 for her. An ambulance brought her to a local hospital for treatment.
An NYPD spokesperson could not confirm those details to Gothamist. Police are asking the public's help in apprehending the suspect. Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.