Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault of Unconscious Woman

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Police have arrested a suspect in the attempted rape of a young woman on the Lower East Side early Wednesday morning.

Cops circulated surveillance images yesterday. Acting on a tip, they took 45-year old Sean Walker of Queens into custody.

The attack happened near Suffolk and Stanton streets at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Walker is accused of removing clothing from the 21-year-old woman, and then lying on top of her. Police said the woman was intoxicated and drifting in-and-out of consciousness. A passerby came along and scared the suspect away.

According to WCBS, Walker was charged with first degree sexual abuse. NY1 cited sources who indicated that Walker and the victim had been talking earlier in the evening. A few more details from Channel 7:

Police say the victim had been out drinking in the East Village before she headed home intoxicated around 1:30 a.m. She met her would-be assailant on the street, and they went into a Duane Reade on 2nd Street to get some snacks. She reportedly told investigators she didn’t remember the rest. Police say when she arrived home just a few blocks away, she passed out on her stoop. That’s where authorities say that (a) bicyclist saw Walker with his pants off on top of the woman, trying to remove her clothes.

The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital and later released.

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.