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Woman Lost in New York City Allegedly Raped By Man She Asked For Directions
A woman says she was dragged into the basement of a building in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan by a man who she was simply looking for help from.
It’s a true New York City nightmare.
A 31-year-old woman from Yonkers walked out of a subway station in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan during the wee hours of Sunday morning. She was on the way to her friend’s home but she got lost. She figured she’d ask someone nearby for directions.
She asked a man for help, and he seemed to be willing to help her. At least at first.
But then he turned on her. He allegedly grabbed her and dragged her to a nearby building near West 51st Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, WABC in New York reports.
He then allegedly forced her to go down a flight of stairs into the building’s basement. It was there he allegedly raped her.
Then he fled north on Broadway, authorities believe.
Surveillance footage captured the suspect after the alleged rape. It shows him walking briskly, wearing black pants and a white shirt. In his right hand he appears to be holding either a black shirt or black jacket.
The New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers shared that footage in hopes that someone will recognize the suspect and help identify him.
“Seen him? Know who he is?” they tweeted.
The victim suffered injuries, including bruising on one of her arms, her back and one of her legs. She was brought to hospital in stable condition.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted via the CrimeStoppers website. Tips can be made confidentially. A reward of up to $2500 is available.