Woman Was Sexually Assaulted by Man Who Found Her Lost Wallet, Sources Say

By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner  on December 16, 2013 8:20am  | Updated on December 16, 2013 10:57am

 Police were investigating a sexual assault they said took place in Gramercy Monday.
Police were investigating a sexual assault they said took place in Gramercy Monday.
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GRAMERCY — A woman who left her wallet at a fast-food restaurant was sexually assaulted after she opened her apartment door to a man who returned it to her early Monday morning, sources said.

The woman, who lives on Lexington Avenue near East 26th Street, was home at about 2:30 a.m. Monday when the suspect brought her the wallet, which contained an ID with her address on it, according to sources.

The suspect fled and had not been arrested as of Monday morning, police said.

The woman was treated at Bellevue Hospital and released, a police spokesman said.

On Monday afternoon, employees at the McDonald's on East 28th Street and Park Avenue said detectives had been by earlier asking for copies of surveillance video.

The attack left neighbors fearful about the safety of the area.

"It's a quiet block," bodega clerk Armando Cielo, 32, said. "The [Baruch College] is around here. I wouldn't expect anything like this. I hope he gets caught."

Inez Carbone, 63, who comes into the area frequently to visit family, said the attack gave her pause.

"It's a big surprise. It's a very good neighborhood," she said. "It's kind of disturbing. To hear something like that makes me think twice."

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