An alert issued by Columbia University said that the woman had been walking on the upper path, near West 118th Street, when the attacker approached, according to DNAinfo. After a short conversation, the man sexually assaulted her, according to the alert.
The incident has renewed calls for increased security in the area, where two separate shooting incidents occurred in June.
The Parks Department said that a new Enforcement Patrol officer, paid for by Columbia University, had been assigned to Morningside Park following the shootings, but Friends of Morningside Park board member Brad Taylor told DNAinfo that sightings of the officer had been scarce.
If you have any information about this incident, police want you to contact Crime Stoppers. You can:
- Call 1-800-577-8477 (TIPS). All calls are kept confidential.
- Text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.
- Log on to the Crime Stoppers website.
Watch surveillance video of the suspect below: