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Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman walking on a Brooklyn street earlier this month, dragging her into a nearby park and sexually assaulting and robbing her. Checkey Beckford reports.
Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman walking on a Brooklyn street, dragged her into a nearby park and sexually assaulted and robbed her.
The 20-year-old woman was walking in the area of Madison Street and Patchen Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about midnight Saturday, Nov. 9 when the man approached her from behind, police say.
He dragged her into Reinaldo Salgado Park, threw her to the ground, punched her repeatedly and took $60 from her, according to police. The attacker then pushed the victim against a fence and sexually assaulted her before running away.
Neighbors were alarmed to hear of the attack happening in the open, especially because they say they feel safe walking through the park at night.
"It's petrifying," said Amanda Packman, who lives across the street from the park. "I'm usually on the phone."
Gino Smith said: "I find that bold and brazen, with police two blocks from this park."
The suspect is described as about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with light hazel eyes and last seen wearing blue sweatpants and a dark hooded sweatshirt. Anyone who recognizes the man in the police sketch is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.
--Checkey Beckford contributed to this report.