Attack On Woman, 73, In The Bronx Comes Amid Rise In Rape Reports

June 05, 2018 - 4:52 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police on Tuesday were looking for a man who attempted to rape an elderly woman in the early morning in the Bronx – apparently at random.

As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, it comes as police try to explain a rise in rape reports across the city.

It was the dead of the early morning, around 4 a.m., when the attack happened on Reservoir Avenue near West 195th Street – a few blocks south of Lehman College.

“We have a woman reports to us of a forcible rape,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

Police the 73-year-old woman was walking down the street when the man approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground. He placed his hand over her mouth and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The victim managed to break free, Shea said. He said the attacker looked like he was in his 40s and was wearing dark clothing.

"But at this point, we don’t have it matching up to any other incidents in that area,” She said.

Rapes all over the city appear to be rising dramatically.

“The 181 rapes reported in May is the highest number in 16 years,” said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Lori Pollock.

Still, only 6 percent of the rapes in May were by strangers, making what happened in the Norwood section of the Bronx exceedingly rare.