Video released of stairwell rape suspect

March 20, 2008 4:10:10 AM PDT
Detectives are seeking the public's assistance with identifying a man wanted for a frightening stailwell rape in a building with dozens of cameras.Authorities say on March 6, the male followed a female into a building, produced a knife, forced her to a stairwell and then sexually assaulted her.

He is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 30, approximately 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds. He has a tan complextion and was last seen wearing a green knit hat.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this individual should call the NYPD's CrimeStoppers hotline at (800)-577-TIPS. All call will be kept strictly confidential.

The New York City Police Department admitted two cops who were supposed to patrol the building and claimed they had actually never did. The two were taken off enforcement duty and face possible disciplinary action.

The woman was sexually assaulted at knife-point for more than a half hour.

The incident happened at the Van Dyke housing complex Friday night.

The NYPD released the following statement after the attack:

"Only 7-second snippets of each of the 24 cameras in 23 separate buildings in the complex are fed into the monitoring room at any given time. Contrary to published accounts, it has not been established that any portion of the attack was fed into the monitoring room. However, it was established that two officers did not do a vertical patrol of the building when they claimed they had. They were taken off enforcement duties and face disciplinary actions. The rape was at the Van Dyke complex. We do not identify the building out of privacy of the victim."