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Sex Attack on Jogger Prompts NYPD to Increase Central Park Patrols

(DNAINFO) Katie Honan and Trevor Kapp | October 12, 2016 — Officers will be on duty 24 hours a day after a woman was attacked in the park Monday night.

The NYPD is ramping up patrols in Central Park following the attempted rape of a jogger Monday night, officials said.

“We will be increasing the police presence in the park,” NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said Tuesday. “It will be on all tours, 24 hours a day. There will be more officers there. There will be more officers both inside the park and around the perimeter.”

The 28-year-old jogger was listening to music running north on East Drive when the attacker came up from behind, put her in a bear hug and dragged her into a wooded area, police said.

He beat and undressed her and said he was going to rape her, but was unable to carry out the attack. He made off with her cellphone, police sources said.

The suspect, who’s believed to be in his 30s with a scruffy beard, was dressed in a dark jacket with an orange T-shirt. Investigators found the woman’s phone in The Bronx, sources said.

Gomez said the increased patrols will include uniformed officers, plainclothes police as well as members of the elite Strategic Response Group.

“We want to keep it safe — give the park-goers a sense of safety,” he said. “One crime is one crime too many.”

Source: Sex Attack on Jogger Prompts NYPD to Increase Central Park Patrols – Upper West Side – DNAinfo New York