For the second time in three weeks, the New York Police Department has announced they’re looking for a suspect who attempted to rape a woman in the stairwell of her apartment building. The department released a video of the most recent incident on Sunday, August 10. The crime took place at 1 a.m. on August 9 in a building in Crown Heights. The police report that the suspect approached the woman in the stairwell, tried to talk to her, then pushed her to the ground and attempted to rape her. The victim resisted and the suspect took off. The NYPD has released a version of the video that, while it doesn’t show the actual attempted rape, does show the woman being attacked and beaten.
Although the victim herself has been blurred out, the security camera footage that the police released to the public shows the man beating the victim after following her up the stairs. The video is below; please be warned that it’s upsetting.
Police also recently released detailed footage of a different attempted rape that happened in March of this year, in which a man attacked a woman in an apartment building in Manhattan’s 30th precinct, which covers West Harlem and Hamilton Heights. Police released the video to the public July 23; the suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5’7″, wearing a beige coat and a black hoodie. He lingered in the hallway while the victim was checking her mail, then tried to take her cellphone as she was walking towards her apartment. She grabbed it back and he ran off, but then came back, ran into her apartment behind her, and tried to remove her clothes. She yelled and fought back and he fled with her phone.
Again, please be advised that the footage, like the crime, is exceedingly awful and creepy:
Many Crime Stoppers videos are just a few seconds long, showing the clearest footage available of the alleged perpetrator. In a few recent instances, videos of attempted rapes and other crimes have been noticeably more graphic; in early July, a widely-circulated, chilling NYPD video showed a gunman opening fire on a man sitting on a Bed-Stuy stoop. Another widely-seen video from the Bronx shows a victim being shot and pistol-whipped.
It would be unfair to say, though, that the NYPD hasn’t ever released surveillance video of the actual moment of violent incidents before; after an attempted sexual assault in the Bronx in October of 2013, police released a video of the victim being dragged and beaten by the perpetrator.
It’s unclear whether the police have recently gotten unusually detailed security footage of these crimes, or whether they’re electing to release more detailed videos to the public. We’ve reached out to them for comment and will update if we hear back.
If you have information about any of these incidents, the NYPD asks that you call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (1-800-577-8477), or submit tips online here. You can also text 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All tips are confidential.