Police release sketches, video of sex assault suspect

October 22, 2011 8:42:01 PM PDT
The New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in a pattern of sexual assaults in Queens.

Police released sketches and surveillance video of the suspect, who has been connected to at least five attacks on women.

The first incident happened on September 22 just after 1 a.m. Police say the 44-year-old victim was entering her home in the Queens Village section when the suspect grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. She began to scream, and the suspect fled.

Then, on October 7 around 11 p.m., a woman entering her home in Queens Village was grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted.

The third attack happened on October 9 at 1:15 a.m., near the vicinity of 145th Road. The 40-year-old woman was approached by the suspect, who pushed her to the ground, punched her several times in the face and attempted to rape her. The suspect fled the scene when a neighbor heard the victims call for help. The victim was taken to an area hospital with bruising to the face.

A 23-year-old woman was attacked just before midnight on October 12. She was walking in the vicinity of 226th Street and South Conduit Avenue when she was approached by the suspect, who sexual assaulted her and then fled the scene.

The latest incident happened on October 16 just after 7 p.m., when a 24-year-old woman walking on Conduit Avenue was approached from behind and struck in the back of the head, causing her to fall to the ground. He then sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s. He is approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10.

Anyone with information in regards to any of the above incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.