Authorities in New York City are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect linked to a recent sexual assault that left a Queens woman critically injured.
According to WPIX, authorities say they responded to the scene of the attack where a 52-year-old woman was found unconscious and badly beaten.
She was located in a basement stairwell in Kew Gardens on April 30, according to police reports. The victim had reportedly dropped her son off at his school a short time before the attack.
Officials described her injuries as critical and included trauma to her head and body.
“We find this to be an extremely violent and random attack at the time of day that you normally don’t see something like this,” said New York Police Captain of Special Victims Elisa Anders.
She provided an updated on the victim of the “unusually brutal” attack, telling reporters that the woman was “still hospitalized” as of the latest report available.
In addition to a $10,000 reward for information, Fox News reports that the NYPD has created a 40-member task force aimed at locating 21-year-old suspect Ronald Williams.
UPDATE: Help us find Ronald Williams, this is in connection with the sexual assault that happened in the vicinity of 72nd Road and Kissena Blvd in the confines of the @NYPD107Pct in #Queens on 4/30. Share info. $10,000 Reward Call #800577TIPS pic.twitter.com/uBxeCUnP5O
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 5, 2018
Deputy NYPD Chief Michael Baldassano encouraged anyone with a possible lead to call police.
“Every lead, every tip counts,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, leave a tip online by visiting NYPDCrimeStoppers.com, or send a text to 274537 with the message TIP577. A tip line for Spanish speakers is available by calling 1-888-57-PISTA.
[Featured image: Ronald Williams/New York Police Department]