An elderly woman was sexually assaulted early Monday morning on the Upper East Side, and now police are looking for the tattooed suspect who was caught on a nearby restaurant surveillance camera dragging his victim.
The video shows the suspect dragging the 85-year-old woman down East 83rd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues around 5:40 a.m.
A source close to the investigation told NBC New York the attacker ducked into the stairwell of a brownstone to avoid detection, then forced his elderly victim to perform oral sex. He also stole a ring.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she is in stable condition. She described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20s, with a thin build and tattoos on both of his arms.
Police were canvassing the area, which is near Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looking for witnesses.
Authorities do not believe the woman knew her attacker.
Monika Ziegler, a 65-year-old retired newspaper editor who lives near where the woman was attacked, said she was stunned by word of what happened.
"This, today, was a shocker," she said. "In the light of the day, in this area, you would not even expect a mugging."
She said police had been cruising the neighborhood broadcasting messages on their loudspeakers, asking for anyone with information to come forward.
"We're all puzzled and a little bit shocked and traumatized," she said.
The police are urging anyone with information in regards to this incident to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM
Published at 5:16 PM EDT on May 30, 2011
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