Bensonhurst: Police Release Video Of Suspect In Attempted Rape [Updated]

Bensonhurst: Police Release Video Of Suspect In Attempted Rape [Updated]

[Update 5/23 9am: On Monday, May 22 police arrested Bensonhurst man Christopher Clemente, 20, and he has been charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, and sexual abuse.]

Cops are turning to the public for help locating a suspect in an attempted rape that occurred on the street in Bensonhurst on Friday.

The suspect began talking to a 39-year-old woman riding a southbound N train at 4am on May 5, said cops. During the train ride, he groped her breasts.

She rushed from the train at the Bay Parkway station to get away from him, but he reportedly followed her and tried to engage the victim as she walked on Bay Parkway.

Video surveillance footage, released by NYPD, shows him walking down the street with her.

Then he covered her arms and tried to drag her down, on the sidewalk near 64th Street. The victim struggled and fell, and the suspect climbed on top of her, pinned her arms down, and tried to rape her, according to police reports.

The victim yelled out for help and he ran southbound on Bay Parkway.

Bay Parkway near 64th Street. (Photo via Google Maps)

The suspect is described by police as a 20- to 25-year-old Hispanic man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 to 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a sweater, a white t-shirt, and blue jeans, and carrying a backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

This story was originally published on May 11.


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