Man allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman in her New York City apartment
A fugitive suspect allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman in the stairwell of her New York City apartment building and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. Police are now on the hunt for the unidentified perpetrator, who was captured on security camera shortly after the attack, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. According to investigators, the man followed the young woman into her building, located near West 65th Street and West End Avenue, and into the elevator. Man allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman in the stairwell of her New York City apartment building.
At that time, the suspect, a black male described as 5’8″, approximately 150 pounds and believed to be in his 30s, forced the woman out of the elevator and into the stairwell, where she carried out the investigation. rape. Allegedly threatening her life throughout the altercation, the stranger allegedly forced his victim out of the building and onto the rain-soaked street, before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction.
Police were informed that on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at approximately 1:20 a.m. m., an unknown male followed a 21-year-old woman to a building in the vicinity of West End Avenue and West 65th Street,’ the NYPD said Sunday morning. ‘Once inside her, the individual followed the victim to an elevator and then forced her out of the elevator and onto a stairwell where he raped her.
“The individual then forced the victim out of the building and fled the scene,” police added, revealing that the victim was taken to an area hospital. The extent of the woman’s injuries, as well as her identity, were not reported until 11:30 a.m. Surveillance video captured outside the woman’s residence, as well as inside the stairwell itself, showed the alleged attacker directly after the attack.
Now being distributed to citizens of all five boroughs, a clip shows the suspect removing her jacket despite torrential rain that night, throwing it over a fence before walking away from her. It’s not immediately clear where exactly the short video was captured, though police confirmed it was near the woman’s residence in the affluent neighborhood.
Another photo released by police, taken in the stairwell where the woman went through her ordeal, showed the alleged attacker’s face, wrapped in her hood as he presumably fled. Both recordings show that the thin, dark-skinned man was wearing a black jacket – with him off the hook – as well as a gray sweatshirt and black pants. Cops Sunday said the woman did not see which way the man fled.
Authorities are now asking New Yorkers to be on the lookout for the shooter and to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers task force with any information relevant to the case. The incident is the latest in a series of breaches plaguing the Big Apple, with the largely residential Upper West Side, in particular, emerging as a hotbed for such attacks.
In January, Maria Hernandez, 74, who lived in a one-bedroom apartment on West 83rd Street, was raped and killed by a man who broke into her home. Police said they found the elderly woman’s home ransacked after receiving a call from her sister, who came across the body of Hernández, who had bruises on her face, arms and back.
Soon after, police determined that she had been strangled to death and that there were signs of serious sexual abuse. Less than a week later, cops handcuffed Lashawn Mackey, 47, and Terrence Moore, 53, for the crime. Mackey, a deputy maintenance man at the building, and Moore, a Brooklyn man with prior convictions for second-degree murder and robbery, have pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, aggravated sexual assault and robbery.