Follow-up: Attempted Rape on Hester Street

Yesterday morning we posted this surveillance video, which Police say shows the suspect in an attempted sexual assault of a 12 year old girl earlier this week.  At around 6pm on Monday, the girl heard banging on the door of her apartment building, on Hester Street. She let the man inside, police say, and he followed her up to the third floor stairwell.  The suspect ran away before the girl was hurt.

We’re re-posting the video now, at the request of City Councilmember Margaret Chin. After being briefed on the case by the NYPD, she released a statement yesterday saying:

“Keeping our children safe should be every community’s number one priority. I urge parents, grandparents, and adult caregivers to sit down and talk to their children about the importance of never buzzing up or opening the door to let a stranger — or anyone — into the building.”

The suspect is described as white man age 25-30, 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, brown pants and a gray hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.