Both women were attacked Monday in separate incidents, 20 minutes apart. A 19-year-old college student was jogging when she was hit from behind. She was found on a park bench unconscious, and her iPod was stolen. She was hospitalized with a fractured cheek bone and bleeding on the brain.
After her story was publicized, a 48-year-old woman came forward to say she was attacked in Riverside Park as she walked her dog. She was beaten but nothing was stolen.
Police have made a sketch of the attacker based on the second victim's description. A previously released sketch, which doesn't match the recent one, apparently depicted a person seen in the area, and a potential witness, not necessarily the suspect, according to NYPD spokesman Sgt. Hayes.
"The second sketch was provided by the second victim, and depicts the suspect that attacked her," said Hayes. "The first victim was unable to describe her attacker to police based upon her injuries."
Police said Friday they hope other witnesses come forward.
Detectives at the 26th precinct are asking anyone who may have been in the area or has any information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.