Man wanted for raping woman who asked for directions in Manhattan

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police are searching for a man who raped a woman who had asked him for directions in Manhattan.

The incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. on October 6 in Hell's Kitchen.

Police say the 31-year-old woman from Yonkers had come out of a subway station on her way to a friend's home, and was apparently lost when she asked for directions.

The suspect offered to help, then allegedly grabbed her by the arm and led her to a building near West 51st Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, where he forced her down a flight of stairs into the basement.

There, authorities say he raped her before fleeing north on Broadway at 52nd Street.

The victim suffered bruising to her right arm, back and right leg. She was taken to an area hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Tips can also be submitted by visiting the CrimeStoppers website or Twitter @NYPDTips

All calls are kept confidential.

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