What to Know
- The NYPD released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a student in a Brooklyn college library restroom
- A 17-year-old student at Kingsborough Community College said a stranger came into the bathroom, pushed her into a stall and assaulted her
- Police said she managed to escape, and the man fled. He’s estimated to be about 17 or 18
The NYPD is trying to identify a young man suspected of sexually assaulting a student in a New York college library restroom, and released a sketch of the man Thursday.
Officers were called around 11:30 a.m. Monday to Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. A 17-year-old student told them a stranger made his way into a library bathroom, pushed her into a stall, pulled off her pants and assaulted her.
"When she goes to close the stall door, she suddenly feels the presence of somebody behind who pushes her into the stall and attempts to lock the doors behind her and attempts to sexually assault her," NYPD Chief Dermot Shea said.
Police said she managed to escape, and the man fled. He’s estimated to be about 17 or 18.
She was treated at a hospital and released. According to police, the student says she believes she saw the man before the attack in the immediate area of the college. It’s unclear at the time if the attacker is a student.
In a statement to NBC New York earlier in the week, a spokesperson for the college said they are "taking all measures to safeguard its students, faculty and staff. The safety and security of our campus community is our first priority."
Details of what happened caused concern among students who told NBC New York they appreciate the extra security, which includes every car and person stepping foot on campus to show identification.
"I feel safer with them checking the IDs and making sure everyone that comes in is a student. It feels better especially after an incident like this," said student Rochell Raynov.