PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are looking for a man accused of raping a woman inside the Center City Macy's on 13th and Market streets on Sunday.
The victim is a 55-year-old woman who was shopping with her husband, said Capt. Mark Burgmann. The assault happened around 11:30 a.m., when she went to the bathroom on the third floor.
“After reviewing all the video we now know that he went into the bathroom area 20 minutes prior to her going in there. So he must've been waiting inside one of the stalls when she went in,” Burgmann said.
While she was in a stall, police say, a man jumped in from another stall, threatened her while holding several sharp skewers.
Burgmann says no one outside that bathroom heard anything.
"Some of the video that we recovered showed shoppers standing outside. They had no idea what was going on," he said.
“The male then fled. He was last seen leaving the store on the Market Street side. He went north on Market Street, where we know he went down into the subway on the Market-Frankfort Line,” Burgmann added.
Video from SEPTA shows the suspect getting off at 52nd and Market streets just before noon.
Police have released video footage and are asking anyone with information about the man to step forward.
He's a thin man, likely in his 20s. He was wearing a surgical mask, black hoodie, black pants with white stripes on the left leg, black sneakers and a three quarter length jacket with a hood.