Police released surveillance video of the suspect who allegedly scaled a fire escape and crawled through a window into a woman's bedroom in Little Italy early Monday, raping her at knifepoint as her 7-year-old daughter lay sleeping beside her.
The surveillance video shows the man, wearing jeans, a black jacket and a hat, walking down Mulberry Street around 3:30 a.m. Authorities say he somehow got into what should have been a locked courtyard outside the apartment building, climbed up the fire escape and entered the 42-year-old woman's home.
The victim told police the man showed a knife, told her to be quiet and raped her as her little girl lay beside her.
Police said the child wasn't hurt.
The victim told police the suspect left through the front door after the attack. She was taken to the hospital.
Neighbors were jarred by the attack.
"It's too close to home for me, I have a child and I live in this building," said Elaine Dalessandro, who grew up nearby on Mulberry Street and has relatives in the building. "It's very scary."
Police released a sketch of the suspect, below. Anyone with information about him is asked to call police.
Published at 6:26 AM EST on Nov 12, 2013 | Updated at 1:36 PM EST on Nov 12, 2013