UPDATE: November 14, 2017 ARREST MADE
See Press Release section from Englewood Police Department
CASH REWARD OFFERED – SEXUAL ASSAULT
On Friday, July 28, 2017, an 83-year-old female from Dumont was the victim of a sexual assault at approximately 5:30 AM. The attack occurred in the rear parking lot area of the Korean Community Church, 147 Tenafly Road. The investigation has found thus far that the victim was followed through the parking lot of St. Cecilia's Church towards 147 Tenafly Road. As she walked along, a Hispanic male, possibly in his 30’s, approximately 5’6” in height, grabbed and tackled her to the ground in a doorway. The attached video (SuspectV3) only shows a portion of the attack as the entire video is too graphic for public viewing. The male was wearing some type of backpack, drawstring backpack or shoulder strap backpack, light-colored pants and dark shoes with light-colored soles. The male stopped the attack and calmly walked away (SuspectV1) when the victim was able to wave down a passing vehicle (SuspectV2). The woman received minor injuries.
Englewood City detectives, along with detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, are working the case.
We are still recovering video from different sources in the neighborhood. At this point in the investigation, we are seeking the public’s help in trying to identify the suspect. We feel that he may be local and someone seeing the video clips and the attached still shots may be able to help us identify him. As it becomes available, we will release any new video we recover during this ongoing investigation.
The Bergenfield-Englewood-Teaneck-Hackensack Crime Stoppers group is offering up to a $1,000 cash reward for any information significantly aiding our investigation. Citizens can leave a tip on the website at bergencrimestoppers.org or call 844-466-6789. City detectives can also be contacted directly at 201-568-4875.
As this appears to be a random attack at this point, we are urging residents in the area to be aware of their surroundings when walking during late night and early morning hours. Both uniformed and plainclothes patrols have been stepped up in the area as well.