Police need help identifying suspect linked to sexual assault in Soundview Park playground
The NYPD is asking for help identifying a suspect linked to a sexual assault that occurred Sunday night inside the Soudview Park playground at the corner of Boynton and Lafayette avenues.
Police say on Sunday at 9:10 p.m., a man approached a 53-year-old woman and forcefully pulled her hair, causing her to fall to the ground.
The suspect reportedly sat on top of the victim, covered her mouth, applied pressure to her neck and began touching her body over her clothing. The victim screamed, then the suspect allegedly punched the victim repeatedly in the face.
The victim's 25-year-old cousin heard her scream and came to her assistance, grabbing him. The suspect was able to free himself and run from the scene, according to police. He was last seen walking eastbound on Bruckner Boulevard.
The victim has a minor laceration to her lips and redness to her neck. EMS transported the woman to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. She is expected to be OK.
The male suspect is described as standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with a thin build and short close-cut dark hair. He was last seen wearing a gray do-rag, dark shirt, pants and sneakers.