Cops are searching for a suspect who grabbed a woman from behind just after she was leaving her parked car on an early morning in Park Slope.
According to a police spokesperson, a New Jersey woman who works at Union Market (402 7th Avenue) found a parking spot nearby on 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. At approximately 5:30am on Friday, March 10, the victim was leaving her car to begin her early morning shift, CBS reported.
Cops say the man may have spotted the victim while she was putting makeup on in her car. After she locked her car door and began walking up 14th Street, the suspect allegedly approached her, grabbed her from behind, and then slid his hands down the back of her neck.
According to reports, the man had his pants down and was “performing lewd acts” during the incident.
The victim was able to escape back to her car and then drove to 7th Avenue near Union Market where she called one of her co-workers.
The suspect then fled down the south side of 14th Street towards 6th Avenue, according to a worker at Union Market who saw him.
Police describe the suspect as a black male in his early 30s, 6’0″ tall and 190 lb. He has a thin build and last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Nearby resident Christine Bush expressed concern after hearing about the incident. Bush, who lives on 14th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues with her husband and 6-year-old son said, “There were a handful of groping instances in the last few years that made me feel a bit insecure about walking alone later at night, but on the whole, we’ve always felt very safe in the neighborhood.”
Bush is speaking about five attempted rapes which took place in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, and Prospect Heights between April and July of 2016. Last November, I reported that these incidents were all unsolved.
“Folks watch out for one another,” Bush added. “That said, reading about what happened last Friday shook me. I’ll definitely feel better once this person is in custody.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting your tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Police say all calls are confidential.