Police are searching for a man who they say assaulted an 11-year-old girl—and a teen boy who tried to help her—in a midday attack at a Manhattan park this week.
The NYPD released surveillance images Friday of the suspect, who is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old.
The girl was at Stuyvesant Square, at E. 16th Street and Nathan D. Perlman Place, around noon on Wednesday when a man came up and began yelling at her and her classmates, police said.
The man then sprayed water on the girl and tried to attack her, according to police.
The girl attempted to fight back, and the man grabbed her by her hair and punched her in the left side of her face, police said.
The man also wrapped his hands around the girl’s neck and applied pressure, according to police.
One of the girl’s classmates, a 15-year-old boy, tried to intervene when he saw the girl being assaulted, and he was also struck by the man, police said.
The girl was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition.
The boy suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by EMS.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.