Stonewall Inn, a recognized site of LGBT liberation, was the scene of a heinous crime March 26. According to Gothamist, a transgender woman was groped and then raped by a man in the bar's single-occupancy unisex bathroom.
Police say the 25-year-old woman was assaulted inside the bathroom. Around 11:40 p.m., a man knocked on the occupied restroom and insisted he "only needed to wash his hands." Upon entry, the man groped the unsuspecting woman and then raped her.
Gothamist reported that the male suspect fled the bathroom following the incident. The female victim also left the bar, but returned an hour later to call 911 and report the assault. She was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital.
NYPD has since released a photo of the suspect and is sure he will be apprehended:
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told CBS New York, "People inside the Stonewall know him, and we'll go from there. Hopefully we can get him identified in the next coming days." The police also said the suspect is in his 30s or 40s and frequents the Stonewall Inn on Saturday nights.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of an allegation of sexual assault against a member of our community. That violence like this has allegedly happened even in a safe space like Stonewall Inn is upsetting and we are working closely with the police to investigate this alleged isolated incident at Stonewall, as we continue to work with the greater LGBTQ community to increase visibility, safety and acceptance for all transgender people and all members of our community."
"Look, it's a very disturbing incident taking place in a site that is very important historically, and where something good happened in terms of creating more opportunity for people to live their lives. To see a violent incident like this is very, very troubling, But I have confidence based on the information the chief just indicated that we will apprehend this individual."
Please contact NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) with any tips. Below is the suspect's wanted poster released by the NYPD: