Man allegedly masturbates in front of woman in East Harlem elevator: police

The individual wanted for allegedly masturbating in front of a woman in an East Harlem elevator 

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Police are asking the public's help to identify a man who allegedly masturbated in front of a woman in an elevator in East Harlem.

The incident occurred at about 9:55 p.m. Saturday at a building on First Avenue near East 124th Street. Police said the culprit got on the elevator with the 23-year-old victim and began masturbating when the elevator's doors closed.

The victim, who was in the building to visit her boyfriend, spoke with PIX11 News on Monday on the condition of anonymity.

"I thought he was going to kill me or rape me," she said.

With few options inside that small space, the victim said she "froze" then started pressing buttons to make the elevator stop.

She said the attacker said nothing during the assault.

Police said he ran off the elevator when the doors opened on the 13th floor then he fled the building.

The culprit was last seen wearing a red and white striped shirt, black shorts and black and white sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).