Police released an image on Thursday of a man who allegedly raped a jogger in Central Park.
The suspect approached the 27-year-old victim from behind on a footpath near the pond in the park’s southeastern corner at around 7:20 a.m. He then placed her in a chokehold until she lost consciousness and raped her, police said.
He was seen wearing black pants and shirts, with a black baseball cap and mask to match, as he entered a train station through an open emergency exit door — beating the fare, according to security footage released by the NYPD.
The victim reached out to a passerby “who assisted her,” and was taken to a hospital, NYPD Inspector Michael King said at a Thursday briefing, adding there would be increased patrols in the Manhattan park after the attack.
Just 25 minutes later, a man who was released from state prison earlier this week allegedly tried to rape a 54-year-old jogger on Randall’s Island, before he was scared off by a bystander, sources said.
Registered sex offender Howard Shaw, 38, was charged in that attack.
A third attempted sexual assault Thursday around 8 a.m. at 103rd Street and FDR Drive in Spanish Harlem was also being investigated, police said.