MOTT HAVEN — A man grabbed a teenage girl's butt in the South Bronx and threatened her with a knife before she managed to escape, police said.
The suspect approached his 17-year-old victim from behind on Feb. 10 around 2:30 p.m. while she was in the stairwell walking to the third floor of her building near East 139th Street and Brook Avenue and grabbed her, according to police.
He then followed her to her apartment door, and when she turned around, he took out a knife, police said. At that point, the girl ran into her apartment and the suspect fled, police said.
Video released by the NYPD shows the suspect running down a sidewalk.
Officers described the suspect as a man between 16 and 18 years old with a dark complexion, weighing between 135 and 145 pounds, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-7, and last seen in a blue coat and black jogging clothes.
Anyone with information about this incident 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.