Police Release Sketch of Tanger Bathroom Assault Suspect

Composite of a suspect in Tuesday's assault in Riverhead.
Composite of a suspect in Tuesday's assault in Riverhead. Credit: RTPD

Riverhead police are searching for a man who attacked a 67-year-old woman around noon Tuesday in a bathroom at the Tanger Outlets, and Thursday they released a composite sketch of the suspect.

The man is described as a young-looking black male, clean shaven, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, slim build and last seen wearing a dark color hoodie.

The victim reportedly told police that when she tried to exit a bathroom stall, a man—who had apparently been hiding in another stall—pushed her back into her stall. The man put an arm around her neck and tried to force her to the floor, police said.

“She was screaming for help when another woman entered the bathroom,” police said. The witness told employees at a nearby store that a woman was being attacked. The attacker fled on foot toward River Road, according to police, who said they searched the area with K-9 units but could not locate the assailant.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call detectives as 631-727-4500.

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