MANHATTAN — Police released a sketch of a man they say violently robbed and tried to sexually assault a woman in Central Park in broad daylight last week.
The 26-year-old victim was walking near West 106th Street and West Drive at about 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 19 when the suspect put her in a headlock and threw her to the ground while demanding money, according to the NYPD.
When the woman said she didn’t have any, he took her iPhone before pulling down his pants and demanding she perform oral sex on him, police said.
She screamed and two people who were walking in the area ran to her aid and chased the suspect away.
The suspect — described as in his early 20s and standing about 5-foot-9 with a thin build — ran north out of the park after the attack, police said.
The woman suffered bruises on her arms and refused medical attention at the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.