2 women sexually assaulted in Manhattan within 45 minutes: police

Manhattan

MANHATTAN — Two women were sexually assaulted in Manhattan within an hour on Thursday morning, according to the NYPD.

A suspect was taken into police custody in connection with the second attack, the NYPD said.

The man taken into custody had been released from prison earlier in the week, police said. He’d been convicted of a 2005 rape. The man had a number of prior arrests.

Later in the day, the NYPD released images of a suspect wanted in connection to the first attack, which occurred in Central Park.

The first attack happened around 7:30 a.m. as a woman was jogging in Central Park, near the Wollman ice skating rink, law enforcement sources said.

She ran past a man sitting on a bench when he then came up behind her and choked her until she lost consciousness, according to sources.

The victim regained consciousness to find the man sexually assaulting her near a staircase in the park, law enforcement sources said.

A struggle ensued and the man took off, fleeing the scene, sources said.

She was taken to an area hospital, sources said. The extent of the woman’s physical injuries was not immediately clear.

About 45 minutes later, another woman reported being sexually assaulted on a footpath by East 103rd Street, near FDR Drive, police said. The suspect was later taken into custody, according to the NYPD.

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

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