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Suspect sketch released in sex assault of boy, 12, at South Street Seaport

Police have released a sketch of a suspect they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in a South Street Seaport bathroom last week.

Police released this sketch of a suspect they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy shopping with his grandmother at South Street Seaport. Credit: NYPD Police released this sketch of a suspect they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy shopping with his grandmother at South Street Seaport. Credit: NYPD

Police have released a sketch of the suspect they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in a South Street Seaport bathroom last week while he was shopping with his grandmother.

The boy and his grandmother were at Pier 17 at 89 South Street, cops said. They had just finished eating in the second-floor food court when the boy went to the third-floor bathroom by himself around 7:30 p.m.

The boy reportedly told police the bathroom was empty when he entered and went to a urinal, and he did not notice his alleged assailant enter. The suspect allegedly lured the boy into a bathroom stall where he attempted to perform oral sex on him.

The boy reportedly told police the attack lasted only "seconds" before he back away and left the bathroom. Police say the suspect also fled.

Police say the suspect appears to be between the ages of 30 and 45 and is approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 feet tall. They said he has brown and grey hair with facial hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt and grey sweatpants.

Police urge anyone with information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted online.

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