Three women were attacked within an hour on Wednesday in the same Upper Manhattan park, and police say one suspect is likely behind all three attacks.
The attacks, including theft, possible assault and threats of rape, took place in Inwood Hill Park between approximately 10:50 a.m. and noon.
“I’m speechless, especially during the day,” a woman walking her dog told the… New York Post in the wake of Wednesday’s attacks.
“I’ve never heard anything like it, I’m in shock.”
The first incident took place around 10:50 a.m., when a man approached a 34-year-old woman and punched her in the face before saying he wanted to rape her.
He made off with the woman’s Apple watch, iPhone and earbuds before fleeing the scene.
Just 40 minutes later, a man threatened to kill a 40-year-old woman’s dog while she was walking the puppy in Inwood Hill Park. As with the first incident, the man also threatened to sexually assault her before running away after she yelled for help, police said.
Three women were attacked late Wednesday morning in an Upper Manhattan park. The incidents include threats of rape and killing of the victim’s dog
Pictured: The crime scene of Wednesday’s attacks in Inwood Hill Park between 10:50 a.m. and noon
Police investigating the cases believe one man is likely responsible for all three attacks
Just before noon, a 44-year-old woman was out walking her dog when a man tried to talk to her before hitting her in the face with a branch, causing her to lose consciousness.
Authorities said he also took off the woman’s pants when she was unconscious and only fled after she woke up.
A Good Samaritan, who had just found the victim’s dog nearby, spotted the woman as she stumbled out of a wooded area in search of help.
She told the Good Samaritan that she may have been sexually assaulted, and her head and face were also slashed. She was taken to the Haarlem hospital in stable condition.
Police confirmed to Mail Online that they were investigating the case as a possible sexual assault.
The attacker is described as standing between 1.75 meters and 1.80 meters tall with a slim build and short hair, but no arrests have been made as of Thursday.
Police confirmed to Mail Online that one of Wednesday’s cases was being investigated as a possible sexual assault
Park-goers, especially women, express concern for the safety of Inwood Hill Park, where a brutal, yet unsolved, murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox took place in 2004.
In all three attacks, the women described their attacker as a Spanish man, but no arrests had been made as of Thursday.
Police said the man is between 1.80 and 1.80 meters tall with a slim build and short hair. He was last seen in a T-shirt and shorts. His face was obscured by a disposable mask.
Park visitors, especially women, express concern for the safety of Inwood Hill Park, where a brutal, yet unsolved, murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox took place in 2004.
“At 11 a.m. I was allowed to walk my dog before I went to work. Who thinks that’s going to happen?’ Amanda Hall-Smith said, according to: ABC7.
The park itself is near Inwood in Upper Manhattan, where the number of major crimes fell by 86 percent between 1990 and 2017. StreetEasy.
However, nearby violent crime is 53 percent higher than the national average, with a 1 in 59 chance of being a victim of a crime, Area vibes reports from Inwood.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about Wednesday’s crimes to call the Crime Stoppers tipline at 800-577-TIPS or Submit an internet tip.