UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A 22-year-old woman was walking on the Upper East Side when a man snuck up behind her, pulled down her shirt, and put his mouth on her exposed left breast, police said on Friday.

The attack happened on June 28, around 11:45 p.m. The victim was walking eastbound on 89th Street when the man sexually assaulted her. Police described the suspect as about 30 years old, 6’0″ tall, and of a thin build.

The crime has residents on the Upper East Side on edge. Sabrina, who lives in the neighborhood, said she’s now “always on the lookout because anything can happen anywhere anytime.”

Manny Gomez, a former NYPD sergeant, stressed the importance of staying alert in public.

“The best defense is awareness,” Gomez said. “If you do feel that sixth sense that we all have that there is something going awry with this person, make yourself unavailable, go to the closest police officer or go into a store.” 

Anyone with information regarding 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 Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.