Police are searching for a suspect (pictured left) in connection with a rape inside a University Heights apartment building on Feb. 21 and another suspect (pictured right) for the rape of a woman inside her Bedford Park apartment on March 24. (Credit: DCPI)
Police are on the hunt for two suspects in connection with two separate rape cases inside Bronx apartment buildings in February and March.
The first incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 21. The 27-year-old victim was riding the elevator inside her University Heights apartment building when the suspect entered the elevator on the second floor, police said.
The victim exited the elevator on the fifth floor, and the suspect followed her. As the woman walked down the hallway, the man grabbed her and pushed her into a stairwell where he raped her.
The suspect is described to be a black male in his 30s, approximately 5-foot-9 and 180 lbs.
On March 24, a 25-year-old woman was inside her Bedford Park apartment when a man posing as the building's super knocked on the door and said there was an emergency. He told the victim that there was a gas leak and that he needed to enter the apartment.
When the victim opened the door, the man displayed a gun and told the woman to be quiet. He then struck her in the head with the firearm and proceeded to rape her.
The suspect is described to be a Hispanic male, about 6-feet tall and 190 lbs.
Both women were treated at area hospitals and released, police said.
Anyone with information in regards to these two incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.