The New York Police Department on Thursday released footage of a person believed to be a suspect in a vicious Thursday morning rape that took place in Central Park.
What are the details?
According to a report from WCBS-TV, a female jogger in her 20s was reportedly knocked to the ground in Central Park, raped for at least 45 minutes, and reportedly choked to unconsciousness.
She was able to flag down help after regaining consciousness and was taken to a local hospital.
Police said that the suspect, who remains unnamed and on the loose at the time of this reporting, was later caught on surveillance camera. The suspect was seen clad in all-black clothing, wearing a black face mask and black ball cap-style hat. According to a report from the Daily Mail, the security footage showed the suspect using an emergency exit to enter a train station, bypassing paying the fare.
One female park-goer told the station that she was shocked to learn of the broad-daylight attack.
"I wish I could go wherever in the park that I wanted, but clearly you can't," the woman said.
Another added, "You would think in the morning you would be safer when it's daylight."
WCBS reported that sexual assaults in New York City are up at least 2.5% since 2020.
Police continue to investigate the incident and are on the lookout for the suspect.
Anyone with any information on the attack or the suspect's identity is asked to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).