MANHATTAN — A 64-year old Harlem woman remained in a medically-induced coma Thursday after a savage rape and assault in East Harlem late Monday by a man who paused to wash his hands and then used a Citibike to get away.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison asked for the public’s help in solving the case, which happened outside 301 East 111 Street in Manhattan, during an interview with PIX11 News.
“Our victim is a local person; she’s well respected in the community,” Harrison said, adding that police couldn’t talk to the woman, because she’s still unconscious.
The NYPD released surveillance video showing the suspect coming up behind the woman “and he throws her in a head lock,” Chief Harrison said.
The victim was flung to the ground before the sexual assault.
“He’s got like a white scarf on top of his head,” the Chief noted of the suspect, “along with a dark jacket and dark jeans.”
The Chief talked about the suspect’s callous behavior after the attack ended.
“He put some palm oil soap on his hands and washed his hands down and then jumped on his bike like nothing happened, pedaling east on 111 Street.”
The chief told PIX11 News another camera captured the suspect traveling south on First Avenue.
“We do have some DNA evidence we’re working with,” the Chief said, “but we also need people to look at the videos.”
Chief Harrison asked anyone with information to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or call 911. All calls are confidential.
Witnesses can also contact detectives at the 23rd Squad.