US: Masked man chokes woman, drags her between cars to sexually assault her in New York

Masked man sexually assaults woman in New York city of the USA.
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A horrifying video has emerged where a masked man used a belt to lasso a woman, choked her and then dragged her between two cars to sexually assault her, media reports said.

The terrifying ordeal unfolded around 3 a.m. on May 1 as the man followed the 45-year-old victim, who was walking on the sidewalk at East 152nd Street and Third Avenue, police told New York Post.

He drags the victim several feet down to the pavement until she loses consciousness, the shocking video obtained by The Post shows.

The alleged video also showed him dragging the woman between two cars, where he raped her.  

The man fled the scene after the incident.

He has not been arrested so far.

The NYPD’s Special Victims Unit is investigating the violent sexual assault, cops told The New York Post.

Overall index crime across New York City dropped another 4.9 percent in the month of April compared to the same month last year, as major crimes in the nation’s largest subway system plummeted another 23 percent, continuing a downward trend that saw previous transit system decreases of 15.4 percent in February and 23.5 percent in March.

“Public housing developments citywide also experienced another reduction in major incidents, with continued decreases of 4.1 percent in February, 6.2 percent in March, and 8.7 percent in April, compared to their respective months last year,” New York Police Department said in a statement.

Bellwether crimes saw precipitous reductions in April: murder down 30.3 percent (23 vs. 33), grand larceny–auto down 10.9 percent (1,134 vs. 1,273), burglary down 10.6 percent (1,003 vs. 1,122), grand larceny down 6.9 percent (3,772 vs. 4,051), and felony assault down 1.9 percent (2,270 vs. 2,314).

All told, nearly 500 fewer major crimes occurred in New York City in April 2024 compared to April 2023. Robbery, which was flat in March, increased 7.2 percent (1,326 vs. 1,237) in April; rapes reported during the month increased by six incidents (124 vs. 118), or 5.1 percent, but remain down 1.4 percent (491 vs. 498) year to date, a reduction of seven incidents.