WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Police are circulating flyers with the hope of locating a suspect in the sexual assault of a transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn.
She claims the man barged into the single person bathroom Saturday night, groped and sexually assaulted her.
According to her account, the man ran off and returned minutes later to attack her again.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said police have a clear image of the man from a security camera and said he is known to patrons. He’s hopeful of making an arrest in a matter of days.
The Stonewall Inn, which received landmark status last year, is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. It was the scene of a 1969 uprising over police harassment of gays.
Stacey Lentz, co-owner of the historic tavern told PIX11 News the Stonewall Inn is a safe haven for members of the gay community and that nothing like the weekend assault has happened there before. She said she is fully cooperating with police.
The man in the wanted poster is seen as a stocky man with a goatee wearing a shiny silver suit. Police are asking people who know his whereabouts or can offer any information about the weekend incident to call them at the Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800 577 TIPS