NY woman jogger choked and sexually assaulted by bicyclist who fled with her phone
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A bicyclist sexually assaulted a female jogger on a path off West Street in Lower Manhattan on Sunday morning, March 27. The assault, which took place at around 6 am, happened on the Hudson River Greenway at Pier 40 near West and Clarkson streets, cops have confirmed. The attacker pushed the 39-year-old woman down, choked her and sexually assaulted her. He then stole her cell phone, ultimately fleeing in an unknown direction.
The victim was taken to a hospital for pain and injuries. The attacker has been described as bearded, approximately 5’9”, 180 pounds and between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing dark clothes when he was last spotted. The surveillance footage was reportedly taken from the area of West Street and Charles Lane.
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Police have urged people with information on the identity of the attacker 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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
In January, a teen in Florida was arrested and is facing charges of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to kill an unsuspecting jogger. Logan Smith, 18, reportedly spied on the victim for six weeks before attempting to strangle the jogger on Monday, January 17, in a Port St. John neighborhood in Florida. As per police authorities, the victim was able to fight back using his training in martial arts, until police arrived in the area of Batavia and Kings Highway. The 18-year-old had told police he planned to store his victim’s body in his fridge and use it to "fulfill his sexual fantasies". As per the arrest report, Smith devised this morbid plan after getting inspired by the slasher movie 'Scream'.
In a similar incident, a 29-year-old Michigan man was accused of mowing down a senior woman with his car, before having sex with her dead body. On September 20, 2021, Colby Martin was accused of running over 64-year-old jogger Melody Rohrer. At the time, he was charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle and faced additional charges in connection with Rohrer's accidental death. Detectives from Van Buren County Sheriff's Office revealed on Tuesday, February 15, that Colby Martin intentionally struck down the woman, took her body, and engaged in sexual acts. Investigators found sexually deviant pornography in Martin's search history. The day after the incident, detectives found Martin's Ford F-150 car in a Walmart parking lot with severe damage to its front end. At that time, Martin was also found with Melody Rohrer's cell phone. He had attempted to cover up criminal evidence multiple times. Eventually, he led the detectives to the Three Rivers State Game Area where Rohrer's body was found.