Police have released a new sketch of the man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman on 16th Street in South Slope on May 23, thanks to an eye witness who gave police a more detailed description of the suspect.
According to the newest sketch, which was released on June 1, the suspect is a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years old, who stands 5-foot-4 with a thin build and has a white mark in the white area of his right eye.
The suspect is also described as wearing a red baseball cap with “NY” emblazoned on it above the rim.
According to cops, at about 5:05 a.m. on May 23, a Hispanic man in his 40s approached a woman from behind while she was walking on 16th Street, .
The Courier Life’s Brooklyn Daily interviewed the victim, who remained anonymous, and published an article on Thursday with new details of the attack and the response from the police.
The 22-year-old “soft spoken” victim told the Brooklyn Daily that she got off the subway from the Fourth Ave.-Ninth St. station after riding it back from Manhattan where she works at a nightclub.
She said that when she was walking near 16th Street, between Fourth and Fifth avenues, she had the feeling that someone was behind her. Then, she “felt a hand reach underneath her skirt and grab her,” The Brooklyn Daily reported.
When the victim turned around, the man groped her again, this time in the front of her body.
The victim described the man as “stocky” and said he was wearing a baseball cap “pulled down over his eyes.”
According to the victim, the suspect fled after she screamed, “Get off me!” Then a neighbor, who heard her yell, chased the suspect and eventually caught him on Fourth Avenue and called the police.
“I was scared—I felt lost,” the victim told the Brooklyn Daily, explaining that after the attack she went home, which is less than a block away from the scene and watched the cops arrive from her window. “I just wanted the situation to go away.”
Earlier this month, the victim and said that the police who responded from the 72nd precinct "…did the right thing. They followed protocol," referring to reports how the cops eventually released the man without arresting him or getting his identification.
The cops’ handling of the situation has from community activists and Councilmember Brad Lander. After to the sexual assault, the responding officers have been placed on .
However, according to the Brooklyn Daily’s report, the victim said that the responding officers did not do the right thing:
“They should have held onto the guy, taken a photo or at least gotten his ID,” the victim told the Daily.
The suspect has yet to be arrested. Police have released two videos of the suspect, which were obtained from area surveillance cameras. One clip shows the man walking on 16th Street and one of him walking into the after the attack.
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