WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY (PIX11)—The New York Police department has released a video of a man who allegedly attacked a woman in Upper Manhattan on Sunday morning.
The man tried to remove the 32-year old woman's underwear and sexually assault her but she fought him off near the corner of W184th Street and Broadway. The suspect ran off.
This is the third attack against women in the area since last week, and police say they are looking for three different suspects.
"All three of those cases it appears now involve three separate individuals," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
On Friday, June 10, a 28-year-old Hispanic woman was dragged from the ball field area at Inwood Park and sexually assaulted. He fled on a red mountain bike. A 30-year-old male Hispanic is believed to have assaulted the woman and police released a sketch and are asking for the public's help in identifying him.
A second attack occurred inside an apartment building in the W. 180s in Washington Heights around 2:15 am on Saturday, June 11. The alleged attacker confronted the victim with a knife and sexually assaulted and robbed her. In that case, the suspect was caught on surveillance video running away from the apartment building. He is described as a Hispanic male, 20-25 years old, 5'3"-5'5" with short black hair, wearing a black t-shirt and black sweat pants.
Police Commissioner Kelly says the department has added more patrols and put a temporary headquarters in the area. There are also critical response vehicles parked in the vicinity. Several local leaders have criticized the NYPD for not having enough presence and security in Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan. Kelly says while one crime is one too many, there is a minuscule amount of incidents in city parks including at Central Park.
"We do a good job of patrolling. In a city of 4.8 million people you are going to have some crime and some small, small percentage will happen in parks. We would always like to have more resources. We have to play the hand that we've been dealt," Kelly said.