By Carol Tannenhauser
On January 1, 2023, at approximately 9:57 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted rape aboard a southbound #2 train approaching the 72nd Street subway station, according to an NYPD report.
“A Good Samaritan intervened and helped the victim flee to another train car to safety,” police said.
The man pictured here allegedly followed the woman onto the train at West 125th Street. As they neared 72nd Street, he “exposed himself and attempted to pull the victim’s pants down,” according to police. After he was thwarted, he remained on the train until the 42nd Street station, where he detrained and “fled to parts unknown. The victim traveled by private means to NYC Health & Hospitals/Kings County for treatment and evaluation.”
The individual is described as an adult male, last seen wearing dark clothing and red sneakers, and carrying a McDonald’s food bag and beverage.
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.
Update, 1/3, 6:27 p.m.: Police notified WSR that “pursuant to an ongoing investigation, Special Victims Squad detectives have submitted additional surveillance video depicting the individual being sought.” It is attached below.