WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A woman was raped while jogging near Pier 45 in the West Village’s Hudson River Park early Thursday, according to authorities.
A suspect was taken into police custody hours after the attack, police sources told PIX11 News. Investigators are also looking into whether the suspect is connected to at least one other attack, sources said.
The victim, 43, was running near West and Christopher streets around 5:45 a.m. when the assailant choked her, removed her clothes, and raped her, police said. The attacker then fled with the victim’s headphones, cellphone, and wallet, officials said.
The victim flagged down a fellow jogger, who called for help, authorities said. First responders brought the victim to an area hospital for treatment.
Back in March, a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed while jogging near Pier 40 in Hudson River Park, police said. Police on Thursday would not say whether there was any connection between the March sex assault and Thursday’s rape. However, the circumstances of both crimes appear to be similar.
The 39-year-old jogger was running near Pier 40 right before sunrise, around 6:10 a.m. on March 27, when the suspect rode up on a bicycle and threw her to the ground, according to police. The man then choked and sexually assaulted the woman before taking her cellphone and fleeing on his bike, police said.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.