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Sex Attacker Could Still be Prowling Upper East Side, Says Report

By Adam Nichols | June 4, 2011 10:08am | Updated on June 5, 2011 9:38pm
Jeffrey Ritter, being led into Central Booking Thursday.
Jeffrey Ritter, being led into Central Booking Thursday.
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By Adam Nichols

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — A sex attacker could still be prowling the Upper East Side after police said a man accused of assaulting an 85-year-old woman is not believed responsible for an earlier attack.

Jeffrey Ritter, 32, was arrested Thursday for the horrifying assault of the elderly woman as she took an early morning stroll on 83rd Street at Madison Avenue on Memorial Day.

But when police showed a picture of the alleged attacker to a woman assaulted a week earlier in the same neighborhood, she didn't recognize him, according to the Daily News.

"That's not him," the victim told cops, the News reported.

Police continue to hunt the man wanted for the earlier attack, first reported by DNAinfo.

The 25-year-old woman was grabbed at East 90th Street, near Lexington Avenue, at 5 a.m. on May 22 by a man who tried to rip off her clothing.

He ran off when a heroic doorman sprinted to the woman's rescue, witnesses told DNAinfo.

Ritter, 32, from Brooklyn, was charged with sex crimes after allegedly dragging his elderly victim into a stairwell and forcing her to perform oral sex.

He's also accused of stealing a ring from her.