By Carol Tannenhauser
An attempted rape occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, July 20, on West 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway, according to the NYPD.
Police are asking for help in finding the man on an electric scooter — “dark complexion, approximately 20 years old” — who “forcibly grabbed” from behind a 33-year-old woman walking past 137 West 69th Street, and “dragged her into a secluded area, out of view of the street, [where] he forcibly attempted to rape her.”
The suspect fled the scene on his electric scooter in an unknown direction. The victim sustained scratches and lacerations about her body. EMS responded and treated her on the scene.
The suspect was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with NY printed on the front, dark-colored pants, and white sneakers with red trim.
“At this point, police are not saying this incident is connected to the sexual assault that occurred on July 16, near 82nd Street and Central Park West, or the other incidents involved in that criminal pattern,” according to a spokesperson.
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 at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.