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Woman saved from playground sexual assault after her cousin came to the rescue

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect using surveillance footage.

9/22/2021 10:07:00 PM

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect using surveillance footage.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect using surveillance footage.

According to reports, the woman's 25-year-old cousin heard her scream and rushed to her rescue. Her cousin was able to pull the individual off of her, but the suspect was able to free himself. He began running west through the park and was last seen walking on Bruckner Boulevard, a street near the park, police said.

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The woman was transported in an ambulance to a local hospital and was treated for a minor laceration on her lips and redness on her neck from the assault. She was later released, according to a statement from police.The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network estimates that an American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. It also estimates that over 55 percent of sexual assaults occur at or near the victim's home, and about 15 percent occur in public open spaces.

The assault occurred on a playground inside Soundview Park after the suspect pulled the woman, 53, to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Above, a screenshot from security camera video of the suspect, Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers phone number.

NYPD DCPIUsing surveillance footage recorded at a nearby bodega approximately 30 minutes after the incident, police were able to identify what the suspect looked like and what he was wearing.The footage shows a man wearing a black mask and purchasing what looks to be a soda or tea. His shirt is by the brand Kappa and is black with a blue and white stripe across the front.

"The individual being sought as a person of interest is described as a male, dark complexion, approximately 6' 2" tall, weighing 150 lbs., with a thin build, and short close cut dark hair," a statement released byNYPDstates."He was last seen wearing a gray du-rag, dark shirt, pants and sneakers."

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