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Police Seek Suspect in Brooklyn Sexual Assault

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Police are looking for a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn early Saturday morning. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.y

He's seen in surveillance video calmly strolling the streets of Bed-Stuy, but police say at around 1 a.m. Saturday, the suspect, who had a gun, sexually abused a 22-year-old woman.

NY1 showed the surveillance video and pictures to people in the neighborhood.

Ras Levi and Jamie Leanse were leaving work when they say they witnessed something disturbing on the street: a woman on the ground, a man standing above her.

"We spoke about it, and we were, there's something strange, but we couldn't quite figure what it was," Levi said.

"It was a very confusing situation," Leanse said.

Police say the suspect first followed his victim, a complete stranger, and then allegedly grabbed her, pulled her in between two cars and sexually abused her.

"She was on the ground, and he had her forced against the car," Leanse said. "I thought maybe she had tripped or was tying her shoe or something, but he was assaulting her."

Perhaps because of their presence - Leanse and Levi were just steps away - the victim was able to flee.

"She ran off," Leanse said. "I wanted to go after her, but I also didn't really think it was appropriate. She was running away."

"He looked at us, looked under the car, walked a few feet away, and then came back, looked under the car again, and walked off casually," Levi said.

The victim was treated and released at an area hospital. Her roommate told NY1 that she's doing as well as can be expected.

One witness told NY1 that he's seen the suspect in this neighborhood before.

Police describe the suspect as a man in his 30s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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