WANTED: Robbery (Central Park)

The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying the individual depicted in the attached surveillance sketch in regards to a robbery that occurred within the confines of the 22nd Precinct.

On Thursday, January 19, 2017 at approximately 3:45 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a robbery inside of Central Park, near West 106 Street and West Drive, within the confines of the Central Park Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 26-year-old female with minor contusions to her arms. The female victim refused medical attention at the scene. While walking in the park at West 109 Street and Central Park West, she was approached by an unidentified male who grabbed her around the neck, took her to the ground and demanded her money. The victim claimed to have no money and the suspect took her cell phone. The suspect then pulled down his pants and demanded the victim perform a sex act on him. She screamed and two good Samaritans, in the area, ran to her and gave chase to the suspect, who fled northbound to parts unknown.

The individual is a male, Black, approximately 20-25 years of age, 5’8″-5’9″ tall, thin build, medium complexion and close cut black hair.

Anyone with information in regards to 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 texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.