The NYPD said three women were attacked in an Upper Manhattan park within about an hour on Wednesday and police are investigating whether the same suspect is behind all the incidents.
Police said an animal first came upon the 34-year-old woman inside Inwood Hill Park at around 10:50 a.m. and said that he intended to rape the victim before punching her.
Police said the man then stole the woman’s iPhone, Apple Watch and earbuds and fled.
About 40 minutes later, a man threatened to rob a 40-year-old woman who was taking her dog to the park, before telling her that he wanted to sexually assault her, police said.
Police said that the crawler also threatened to kill the woman’s dog. According to the police, when he called for help, the accused fled.
Before noon, a third woman, 44, was walking her dog when a male suspect tried to talk to her and hit her in the head with a branch, officials said.
Police said the man tried to pull down his pants before running away.
Police said the third woman was beheaded and was taken to Harlem Hospital in stable condition.
Police said the suspect in all three attacks was described as a Hispanic man.
No one had been arrested till late Wednesday night.
Other park-goers on Wednesday were shocked by the violence, describing Inwood Green Space as a generally calm and safe area.
“I’m speechless, especially during the day,” said one woman while walking her dog. “I’ve never heard of that, I’m in shock.”