New video shows suspect who punched, sexually assaulted woman in Queens

AUBURNDALE, Queens (WABC) -- Police have released new surveillance video in their search for the suspect who sexually assaulted a woman in Queens.

It happened Tuesday in the vicinity of 165th Street and Sanford Avenue in Auburndale.

Police said the attacker approached a 56-year-old woman around 2 a.m., punched her in the face multiple times and then sexually assaulted her.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated and released.

Longtime neighbors were shocked that this happened on their street.

"That is shocking, yes," Auburndale resident Catalina Bastidas said. "This is a pretty good neighborhood, and I've never even heard of anything like that happening. And I've been here a long time, like 18 years."

The NYPD described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, around 5-foot-5 with a thin build who was last seen wearing a blue jacket with a fur-lined hood and a dark backpack.

There's a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information in regards to the above incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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