The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has released surveillance video images and seeks the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in a Jersey City sexual assault, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a press release today. NJ.com reports.
At about 3:23 a.m. on Feb. 29, Jersey City police responded to the 400 block of Pavonia Avenue on a report of a woman screaming for help. The victim told the officers she was physically and sexually assaulted in her home. She also gave a description of the man, including that he was wearing a black jacket and gloves, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez said.
Officers obtained surveillance video from the area — just west of the New Jersey Turnpike — that shows a man fitting the victim’s description as he tried the door knobs of several apartment buildings and residences in the area. The footage shows him entering the victim’s apartment building through the front door, Hernandez said, although it’s unclear how he opened the door.
The man was later seen leaving the victim’s building before she ran into the street calling for help, Hernandez said.
Based on the victim’s description, her account of the crime, and the surveillance video, investigators believe the man was inside victim’s the building at the time of the sexual assault, Hernandez said.
Anyone with information on the incident or on the identity of the man in the images is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1234, or by leaving an anonymous tip on the Prosecutor’s Office website at:www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org. All information will be kept confidential, Hernandez said.
The case is being actively investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit.