NYC man tackles female jogger, reaches into her shorts and grabs her buttocks in SHOCKING video
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: A man was caught on surveillance cameras tackling an unsuspecting jogger from behind and sexually assaulting her on the sidewalk as crime rates soar in New York City.
According to police, the attack took place around 8.10 pm Monday, June 28 in the coveted Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The victim was described as a 35-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, who was taking an evening walk when the unidentified suspect began following her. Sensing the stranger following her, the woman turned from Morgan Avenue to Stagg Street, hoping to lose his trail. However, he continued to follow her, per surveillance footage released by the NYPD on Thursday, July 1.
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Within moments, the unidentified attacker broke into a sprint and pounced on the victim from behind, pushing her to the ground. The man held the woman down, reached into her shorts, and "forcibly grabbed her buttocks" before fleeing the scene, police said.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman did not sustain any major injuries and refused medical attention. Meanwhile, authorities described the culprit as standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds, with a medium build and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, green pants, black sneakers, and had a black mask around his chin.
🚨WANTED for FORCIBLE TOUCHING: Do you know this guy? On 6/28/21 at approx 8:10 PM, in front of 361 Stagg St in Brooklyn, the suspect tackled a 35-year-old female, reached into her shorts and forcibly touched her. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/HNYkIJpGQR— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 1, 2021
The newspaper noted how the attack came in the midst of a crime wave that has overwhelmed New York City and its boroughs over the last several months, with an alarming spike in murders, assaults, shootings, and rapes.
Rapes and other sexual crimes were up 5 percent and 25 percent citywide, respectively, as compared to the same period last year, per the latest statistics from the NYPD. Since the beginning of 2021, more than 2,200 individual sex offenses have been reported across the five boroughs. Murders are up 12 percent from last year, while shootings are reportedly up by a staggering 43 percent.
Critics have blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for being soft on crime, saying his bail reforms led to suspects being released back onto the streets and re-offend. The reforms were originally intended to avoid leaving people in jail for petty crimes if they couldn't afford bail.
According to the Daily Mail, there are growing concerns that the city is "harking back to the dark days of the '70s and '80s" when murders and shootings were so rampant that NYC earned the nickname "Fear City." Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that New York City is has a "major crime problem" that could potentially cause irreversible damage to the Big Apple.
The crime rate spiked after more than 1,800 officers were let go after de Blasio cut the NYPD's budget by $1 billion. While nine hundred new recruits were added to the force in November, the deficit is still more than 2,000 cops off the total of the 36,900 uniform members of service registered from 2019. Law enforcement officials have also attributed the spike in crime to de Blasio disbanding the anti-crime unit, which reportedly had around 600 officers in it.