NYPD Seeks Suspect Who Allegedly Raped Woman in Bronx Hotel

By Alan Neuhauser on July 12, 2012 8:24am 

THE BRONX — Cops are hunting for a man suspected of raping a woman he had followed from the Union Square train station to her Bronx hotel room, NYPD officials said.

The attack occurred Wednesday about 4 a.m. when the suspect knocked on the woman's door, shoved his way into her room and attacked her, police said.

The 33-year-old victim, whose name was not released to protect her identity, was treated at a local hospital and released.

The suspect had followed her to the hotel after the two had a conversation on a train at Union Square and East 14th Street, police said.

The hotel is located within the 48th Precinct, which polices Tremont, Belmont and West Farms.

The NYPD is asking for the public's help in finding the man. Cops released a video of the man early Thursday.

The suspect was last seen wearing a gray Chicago Bulls hat, white T-shirt and red shorts. The name "Tiffany" was tattooed on the inside of his left forearm, and the name "Ivan" and a scorpion were tattooed near right shoulder and biceps.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Members of the public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.

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