Cops ID Suspect in Attack on Jogging Mom in Manhattan Park

The mom and baby were on the Hudson River Greenway near 190th Street

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 7:44 PM EDT
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Mom Jogging With Baby Fights Off Attacker With Bike Pump

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Mom Jogging With Baby Fights Off Attacker With Bike Pump

A woman jogging in a Manhattan park with her baby Friday fought off an attacker by bashing him in the head with a bike pump. Brynn Gingras reports.
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Police have identified a suspect in last Friday's attack on a woman who was jogging in a Manhattan park with her baby in a stroller

Oscar Ruiz, 35, is wanted in the assault on Mary Jane Jarman, 33, along the Hudson River Greenway near 190th Street. Ruiz allegedly jumped out from behind a barrier and flashed a broken bottle, saying "come here, come here."

Jarman told NBC 4 New York she tried to run from him as she pushed her 8-month-old son in a stroller but he grabbed her in a bear hug and knocked her down as she screamed.

Jarman said the man apologized and told her "I'm sick, I'm sick" as he attacked.

She started hitting him in the head with a bike pump that she had with her, and eventually he let go of her and fled. 

Jarman says her iPhone was on top of her stroller and he didn't attempt to take it. 

"His sole purpose was to hurt me," she said. "It was frightening."

Anyone who has information on Ruiz is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

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