Perverts Sought After Recent Attacks
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 18- Police from at least two area precincts were on the hunt for two individuals wanted for a series of sexual assaults or attempts against women walking alone.
The NYPD released a video of a man wanted in connection with an attempted assault of a 20-year-old student from Fordham University, who was attacked inside her off-campus building at 1 a.m. on August 21.
Police say that the victim was approached from behind, but resisted when the attacker fled.
Officers from the 48th Precinct are actively searching for the suspect, described as a male, 5 foot 7 in height and 145 pounds.
In the video he appears to be black or Latin. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing blue jean shorts, a black T-shirt and white sneakers.
Detectives from the Special Victims Unit working with investigators from the 46th Precinct, have released a sketch and a series of photos of a suspect wanted for attacking two women in under an hour.
Police say this heavy-set Latino, seen wearing a NY Yankees baseball cap first struck at 1 a.m. on August 30, when he approached an 18-year-old female from behind at the intersection of Sedgwick Avenue and Bailey Avenue in University Heights.
According to the wanted flyer sent out by the NYPD, "the above subject approached a female victim from behind and choked her with a gloved hand, rendering her unconscious and preceded to assault her."
Published accounts say the suspect removed the young woman's shoes so he could smell her feet, before running off.
Police say the same individual approached a 24-year old woman at 1:30 a.m., when he choked the woman walking along Park View Place. He reportedly attempted to undress the woman, who resisted, sending the attacker running.
Police describe this individual as a 30-year old heavyset Latino, 5 foot 8 tall and 200-pounds.
Police officers from the 47th Precinct were called to Bronx Park, between Burke and Adee Avenue's, after a woman reported to police she had been sexually assaulted at 3 a.m., on Thursday, September 12.
The victim, believed to be in her late 30's, was transported to a local hospital by a private ambulance company.
At the time, police were looking for the suspect who was described as a male, 5 foot 9 tall, shirtless and wearing black and white shorts. The individual reportedly fled in a red SUV.
However, one police source now says of the case, "Right now it's still being investigated, but the victim is not being cooperative in our investigation." The investigator added, "Just letting you know the victim and the suspect are known to one another."
Anyone with any information on any of the mentioned crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS.