NYPD hunts for suspect in Central Park rape attempt

July 3, 2013 9:21:20 AM PDT
Police in Manhattan are searching for a sexual predator who tried to rape a woman in Central Park, and they are hoping a surveillance photo will lead to an arrest.

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. Tuesday near West 64th Street and West Drive, at a time when crime in the park has seen a spike.

Police say the 30-year-old victim was an actress the suspect met at a local bar after her stage performance. They apparently walked into the park together, and that's when the man turned on her.

He allegedly attempted to rape her, but she was able to fight him off with her purse. The victim, who authorities say was intoxicated, went to police.

The suspect, described only as a Hispanic male, took off on foot.

The park has seen an increase in crime in the last year, mostly dealing with drug offenses and thefts.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).