Man Drags Jogger, Rapes her in Amphitheater in New York Park: Cops
Police are hunting a man they say grabbed a jogger by her hair and dragged her into a secluded area of a New York park, where he raped her.
The 26-year-old woman was jogging in East River Park near Jackson Street at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man on a bicycle approached her and motioned for her to be quiet, police said.
The woman turned around and started to run away but the man grabbed her hair, put his arm around her throat and pulled her into an amphitheater, cops said.
He raped her in the amphitheater and then fled with the woman's cell phone and credit card.
The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where she was treated and released.
The suspect went to a deli, where he was caught on surveillance footage using the woman's credit card, police said. Police released detailed footage of the man, who is said to be in his twenties.
NYPD statistics show rape is up 4.3 percent in the five boroughs through November 22 compared to the same time period last year.
There have been 1,269 rape cases reported this year, while the same time period last year saw 1,217 rapes reported.
The 7th Precinct, which includes the area where the Wednesday attack occurred, saw eight rapes through November 22, while the same time period last year saw six incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are strictly confidential.