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A police sketch of the man wanted in Thursday’s attack.

A man grabbed a 26-year-old woman walking in Central Park on Thursday and pulled her to the ground, before robbing her of her cell phone, according to police. He then pulled down his pants and demanded she perform a sex act on him, but was scared off by people nearby.

The woman was walking in the park at 109th Street near Central Park West around 3:45 p.m. when a man approached and “took her to the ground and demanded her money,” according to police. NYPD sent the following description:

“The victim claimed to have no money and the suspect took her cell phone. The suspect then pulled down his pants and demanded the victim perform a sex act on him. She screamed and two good Samaritans, in the area, ran to her and gave chase to the suspect, who fled northbound to parts unknown.”

The woman had bruises on her arms, but refused medical attention, police said.

The man, depicted in the police sketch above, is described as “Black, approximately 20-25 years of age, 5’8″-5’9″ tall, thin build, medium complexion and close cut black hair.”

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.

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    1. dannyboy says:

      Those who helped this victim are great and we can be inspired.

      • Howard Freeman says:

        Agreed. These good sanaritans might not have known if the perp was armed or not, so they put themselves at risk. May we all indeed be inspired to look out for each other.

        “See something, do something.”

    2. Walker Park says:

      Waiting for UWSHebrew to blame the victim for walking in the park by herself at 3:45pm…

    3. Mark says:

      This sounds like it was in the North Woods area of the park. It’s a beautiful part of the park, but sadly, from personal experience, and as a man, I don’t feel safe in the part of the park even if daytime if I’m alone. There are sketchy characters hanging out there, waiting for someone by themselves to come along and be vicitimized. Yes, in broad daylight.

    4. Aliver says:

      Why do you think there’s such an increase in these types of crimes in Central Park? These crimes are happening in broad daylight, and in relatively populated areas. 110th/CPW is a major entrance to the park because of it being on the corner of the park, traffic to the Harlem Meer, and she was only one block into the park. So if it’s happening in under this type of situation, imagine at 6PM/dark at 106th, deeper in the park… shouldn’t they have at least some sort of police/security presence at/around perimeter of the park? Is the 24th precinct spread out that thinly?