Police are hunting for a man wanted in connection with two assaults in Manhattan that took place just an hour apart.
The first incident happened around 9 p.m. Sunday, March 6th. A 22-year-old woman was inside a laundry room on Broadway and West 140th Street when a man approached her, pretending to have a knife, police said. He threw the woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her, police said. She was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Just an hour later, police say the same suspect struck again, this time a few blocks north and Broadway and 148th Street. A 23-year-old woman was followed into an elevator, grabbed from behind, punched in the face and thrown to the ground, police said. When the elevator doors opened, the woman was able to flee. The woman did not seek medical attention, police said.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned male with blonde hair and is between the ages of 25 and 30. He stands about 5'8" and is about 170 lbs.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.