Man Rapes Woman at Knifepoint in Bronx Elevator, Police Say

NEW YORK CITY — A man raped a woman at knifepoint in an apartment building elevator near the Bronx Zoo, police said.

Elevator surveillance video released by the NYPD shows the chilling moment Monday about 10 p.m. that a masked, bespectacled man pulls out a knife and corners a woman, 40.

The man had followed the woman into the elevator inside the Pelham Parkway building near Bolton Street and Lydig Avenue, authorities said. Once inside, video shows him pressing buttons before he pulls out a short knife and turns it toward the woman.

The video cuts off, but police said he raped the woman inside the elevator at knifepoint and robbed her of $112.

Medics took the woman to Jacobi Hospital, authorities said.

A manhunt is underway for the suspect, police said.

People with information are asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). They can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, on Twitter @NYPDTips.