St Louis tourist, 21, raped in Times Square subway station by stranger who offered to 'help' her

St Louis tourist, 21, raped in Times Square subway station by stranger who offered to 'help' her
A 21-year-old tourist was raped by a man inside a New York subway station (NYPD/Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A tourist from St Louis was approached and then raped by a man who at first offered to help her in the New York subway station. The unfortunate incident with the 21-year-old tourist took place in the Times Square area. According to The Daily Mail, the woman was sent to Bellevue Hospital for treatment after the assault.
The publication reported that the condition of the victim is unclear. The incident took place on September 1 at 3 am. The woman was at the tourist hotspot when the attacker showed up. The man initiated a conversation with the tourist while offering his help to find her way around the station. The woman was then accosted and raped inside the station.  
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People wait for a train in a subway station June 18, 2003 in New York City. A new report by the New York Police Department (NYPD) reports that felonies are down 15 percent this year on New York's subways. The NYPD credits an increase in officers at subway stations for part of the drop in crime on trains and stations.
People wait for a train in a subway station June 18, 2003 in New York City (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 

According to NYPD, the man brought the 21-year-old tourist to the end of a platform. The attacker then raped her near a tunnel. NYPD released a sketch of the attacker on Thursday, September 8. The man has been described as a dark-skinned individual with facial hair and a forehead scar. The man was last seen wearing burgundy and gold shorts along with black and white Crocs.
The man till Friday, September 9 was at large. The horrific news comes amidst the crime surging in the Big Apple under new Mayor Eric Adams, who ran on a promise to stop rising crime. According to The Daily Mail, rapes are up 9.9 percent in New York City through September 4 as compared to the already high rates in 2021. Overall crime is up over 35 percent. There has been a surge in subway crimes. Hammer attacks, feces smearing, fatal shoving, and a smoke bomb-mass shooting have become risks for those commuting in trains in New York.

In February 2022, a man attempted to rape a 21-year-old woman on a Lower Manhattan subway train. According to authorities, the individual attacked the victim aboard a northbound E train nearing the Canal Street stop at about 10.20 am on February 9. He first slipped his hand under her pants but the victim quickly moved out of her seat to evade the perpetrator. The guy then grabbed her and shoved her into the train car's corner before attempting to rape her. It's unclear whether the woman fought back, but cops say her assailant exited the train at the Canal Street station. Though the woman was given medical attention on the spot, police were unable to apprehend the suspect, who is still on the loose.

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