Horrifying video shows NYC serial sex attacker assaulting woman on Manhattan street
MANHATTAN, NEWYORK: The terrifying attack on an unsuspecting woman in Manhattan by a serial sex predator just one hour after allegedly assaulting another woman near Central Park has been revealed in chilling video footage. The surveillance video, released by the New York Police Department, showed the offender riding an e-bike down a street as his prey walked down it around 5 am ET on July 6.
Moments later, the man was seen running after the woman beneath a row of scaffolding on Avenue A and East Fourth Street, before grabbing her from behind and dragging her to the ground. According to police, the man then forced his victim to have oral sex with him, threatening to stab her if she didn't comply, before zipping away on his e-bike. Following the incident, the victim, 28, was taken to the hospital for medical attention after suffering sexual assault as well as abrasions in the struggle.
The same predator is suspected of carrying out a similar attack on Central Park West and West 82nd Street, seizing a 23-year-old woman from behind and pinning her down in a startlingly similar manner at 4 am ET. NYPD released disturbing footage of the July 6 attack on social media over the weekend.
🚨WANTED for a CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACT PATTERN: Recognize him? On two separate incidents on 7/6/22 between 4 AM & 5 AM, near Central Park West & W. 82 St, this man sexually assaulted two women before fleeing to E. 4 St on an e-bike. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/OLWiDX2pFF— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 17, 2022
It came shortly after City Mayor Eric Adams vowed to NYC citizens he would ''turn this crime thing around''. Spanning all five of NYC's boroughs, the violence included a 16-year-old who was shot in the head in a street brawl, a 74-year-old woman was shot in the stomach while sitting on a park bench, and a 52-year-old man was stabbed to death by his own brother. The bloodshed occurred at a time when many New Yorkers are becoming increasingly concerned about rising crime rates.
Just hours before the weekend crime spree began, NYC Mayor Adams, who ran his election campaign on a promise to crack down on violent crime in the city, appeared on the radio on Sunday, July 17, and said that the city's violence is the result of a criminal justice system gone rogue, DailyMail reported. ''It is unfortunate the climate we're working under… where the entire criminal-justice apparatus has turned away from the public and the rights of the public to live safe in their city,'' he said.
''We took almost 3,800 guns off the streets, and many of the people who had carried those guns were able to return to the streets.'' He continued: ''We're witnessing a decrease in shootings, a decrease in homicides, but it's more than that, it's the robberies, the burglaries''. ''We're going to turn this crime thing around, and when we do so, people are going to really see the progress we've made in other parts of the city,'' he added.
However soon after his radio appearance on Sunday, July 17, the violence began. Although the number of murders and shootings in 2022 has been lower than at this time last year, NYPD statistics show that overall major crime has increased by more than 30 percent compared to 2021.