Woman sexually assaulted on UWS

May 24, 2010 10:09:35 PM PDT
Police are looking for a man in a baseball cap captured on surveillance tape.

He is now a suspect in a sexual assault on the city's Upper West Side.

"That's most unusual in this neighborhood. I'm surprised to hear that. I've lived here a very long time. This would be a first," one area resident said.

It happened Sunday, May 16 shortly before 3:20 in the morning.

Investigators believe the man seen in surveillance video pushed his victim, a 25-year-old woman, from behind as she was walking up a flight of stairs and then sexually assaulted her.

The crime comes as a surprise to some residents who say they've always felt safe In the neighborhood.

"It's very scary. It's frightening," said one resident.

Police tell us the suspect is a Hispanic man in his 20's. He's approximately 5'9" and 200-225 lbs., with short dark hair and a heavy build. He was wearing a tan baseball cap and a green t-shirt.

Investigators are hoping that description and the surveillance video provide the big break that gets the woman's attacker off the streets.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).