KEW GARDENS, Queens — A man wanted in connection to a "violent, random" sexual assault in Queens was identified Saturday, police said.
Ronald Williams, 21, is sought in connection to an attack that occurred last Monday morning near 72nd Road and Kissena Boulevard, bordering Pomonok and Kew Gardens Hills, police said.
The victim, a 52-year-old woman, had just dropped her son off at school when she was attacked, according to police.
The assault left the woman critically injured, authorities said. She was found unconscious in a basement stairwell, with trauma to her face and body, according to officials.
"We find this to be an extremely violent and random attack at the time of day, that you normally don't see something like this," NYPD Captain of Special Victims Elisa Anders said at a news conference Thursday.
People who live in the neighborhood have been on edge ever since the attack.
"It gets us nervous, especially parents that have teenagers and they walk to school every morning. We don't know what to expect, we've never had this going on here," resident Anna Jochola told PIX11.
Images of a man wanted for questioning were released Friday. On Saturday, Williams was identified and said to be wanted in connection to the attack.
Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
"Every lead, every tip counts," Deputy Chief Michael Baldassano said.
Neighbors are hopeful there will be an arrest now that a suspect has been identified.
"It could be your sister or your mother. We need to look out for each other," Jochola said.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visitinghttp://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).