Police released the image of a man on Monday wanted for allegedly raping a 25-year-old transgender woman at a bathroom in New York City's historic Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, between 35 and 45 years old, weighing approximately 250 pounds, standing at between 5-9 and 5-11. At the time of the alleged attack, he was wearing a a grey suit and a distinctive goatee.
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According to police, the attack took place at around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday night. The New York Times reports the woman was in one of the bar's unisex bathrooms washing her hands when the man entered, claiming to want to wash his hands as well. The man then allegedly touched her without permission and sodomized her, police told the paper.
The woman told police that she had not given consent but did not resist physically because she was afraid of being hurt, according to the paper. The woman told police that after the attack, the man left her in the bathroom only to return and grope her later, according to the paper.
Following the alleged attack, the woman was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told WABC-TV "The case is going well. People inside the Stonewall know him, and we will go from there."
Stonewall co-owner Stacy Lentz said she was horrified by the attack. "My reaction is how did this happen at Stonewall?" she told WABC-TV. "The police have worked hand-in-hand and the NYPD is always good with us and that's why it's always been a safe place," she added.
At a press conference on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed disappointment at the attack. “Look, it’s a very disturbing incident taking place in a site that’s very important historically and where something good happened in terms of creating more opportunity for people to live their lives,” he reportedly said.
He told WABC-TV "I have confidence based on information that Chief Boyce just indicated that we will apprehend this individual."
The Stonewall Inn is a New York City landmark. It is located in New York City's Greenwich Village and in 1969 it was the birthplace of the United States' gay rights movement, after a police raid of the bar led to a riot.
Watch Stonewall Inn co-owner Stacy Lentz discuss the attack.