By Joy Bergmann
A man attacked a 33-year-old woman in Riverside Park around 4:45 a.m. Thursday morning, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR.
Police said the woman was walking in the park in the area of 59th Street and the Hudson River when the man approached her, tackled her to the ground and grabbed her breasts. When the woman attempted to call 911, the man stole her phone. He also stole a chain off of her neck during the struggle before leaving northbound from the scene. NYPD characterized the crimes as “completed sexual assault” and “completed robbery.”
The victim was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, police said.
NYPD described the attacker as a man with a dark complexion wearing a red shirt.
Another Riverside Park sexual assault occurred on Wednesday, July 19, the spokesperson said.
In that incident, a 38-year-old woman was jogging in the park in the area of 89th Street at around 10:00 p.m. A man on a bicycle approached her, pushed the woman to the ground, touched her breasts and buttocks and then pulled down his shorts, exposing his genitals, police said.
The woman screamed and the man took off. That victim was treated at a local hospital for minor cuts and bruises, NYPD said, characterizing the crime as an “attempted rape.”
NYPD described that suspect as a Hispanic male with a light complexion who wore a red jersey with the number 40 on it.
WSR recently described an incident of a man grabbing a female jogger on the morning of June 27 in the area of 70th Street in Riverside Park.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents 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.