Center City rape: Woman attacked in Philadelphia office building; suspect sought

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police say a suspect remains at large after a woman was sexually assaulted and raped at a Center City office building on Tuesday.

It happened at 2:14 p.m. on the 200 block of North 13th Street.

Police say the suspect went to the 8th floor of the building, entered an unlocked law office and sexually assaulted the victim.

During a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, police said the 22-year-old victim was alone in the office when the suspect walked in.

Captain James Kearney of the Special Victims Unit said the man said he was looking for someone but the victim said she didn’t know the name. The man then asked the victim to sit on a chair.

The suspect began searching the office, Kearney said, and the victim offered to give the man her Airpods and earrings in hopes he’d disappear.

The man allegedly became frustrated and angry, then punched the victim and choked her when she tried to scream for help.

The suspect then sexually assaulted and raped the victim, Kearney said.

The attack was interrupted when a colleague who had dropped out for lunch came back to the office. The suspect then fled.

“That’s a bad person to do that,” Kearney said.

The suspect wore a black baseball cap with a sticker logo on the right brim, a black t-shirt with unknown writing across the front and a white t-shirt underneath, blue jeans with a black and silver belt, and a gold watch on his left wrist.

Police say they have surveillance footage tracking some of his movements, but they’re still looking for more.

Kearney asked that anyone with a security camera review the video and, if they see anything that might help, contact the Philadelphia Police Department by phone or text at 215.686.TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online.

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