NEW YORK (CBSNew York) Police say two women were sexually assaulted in Upper Manhattan over a 45-minute span on Thursday morning.
The first attack took place in Central Park and the second on the FDR drive.
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Police have a suspect in custody in the FDR attack, but it is not yet known whether the incidents are related.
According to the NYPD, the first attack took place around 7:20 a.m. near Swan Lake in Central Park.
Police said a jogger was on a narrow path obscured by trees when she was approached from behind and knocked to the ground. Police say she was suffocated and briefly lost consciousness.
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About 45 minutes later, police said another woman reported being sexually assaulted on the sidewalk near 103rd Street and FDR Drive.
A suspect was arrested in that attack. Now, investigators are trying to determine whether the two incidents were related.
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Young women in the park with CBS2’s Alice Gainer said this was hard to hear.
“That’s terrible and frightening. I’ll definitely think twice about coming in here if I’m not surrounded by a lot of other people, but then again, it’s New York and scary things — you always hear about scary things happening,” said a Manhattan resident Hannah tax.
“You’d think you’d be safer in the morning when it’s daylight,” said another.
“I wish I could go anywhere in the park where I wanted, but you obviously can’t,” said Mary Nink.
The NYPD said the suspect in the Central Park attack was dressed all in black with a mask, possibly in his 20s.
The victim managed to free himself from the immediate vicinity and warn people to call 112. She was taken to a local hospital.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also pass on a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All conversations are treated confidentially.