Philadelphia police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman inside the Center City Macy’s store.
The incident occurred Sunday around 11:30 a.m. at the Macy’s on 1300 Walnut Street.
The 55-year-old woman was shopping with her husband when she went to the third floor of the store to use the bathroom. That’s where she was attacked and sexually assaulted by an unidentified man who was holding 12-inch cooking skewers in his hand, according to investigators. The suspect then fled the scene.
“When she went inside the bathroom he was in the stall,” Philadelphia Police SVU Capt. Mark Burgmann said. “He jumped over the stall into her stall.”
Officials said no one heard anything until the woman came out of the bathroom and called police.
The suspect, who police believe had waited inside the bathroom for up to 20 minutes before the attack, left the store on foot and boarded a SEPTA Market Frankford Line train at 13th and Market streets around 11:45 a.m. He was last seen exiting the SEPTA station at 52nd and Market streets at 11:54 a.m. Sunday.
Police obtained surveillance video of the suspect who is described as a thin man in his 20’s. He was last seen wearing a surgical mask, black hoody, black pants with white stripes on the left leg, black sneakers with white around the sole, three quarter length jacket with a hood and white writing on the left shoulder with possibly four buttons on each sleeve.
“He has a distinct walk, I thought,” Capt. Burgmann said. “You can see that from behind. We kind of thought somebody may recognize him.”
If you have any information on the man’s whereabouts or identity, please call the Philadelphia Police Special Victim’s Unit at 215-685-3252.