Police are hunting a man accused of sexually assaulted an elderly woman in a coma.
The 68-year-old helpless victim was unconscious in a bed when another patient and a nurse claim they both saw the attack.
New York police have released two images of a man they wish to speak with about the allegations.
Authorities say an unidentified man slipped into the victim’s hospital room and sexually abused her on Monday May 13, at around 3pm.
The attack took place at the Lincoln Medical Center in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
A police source told PIX11 the man entered the lobby of the hospital, took the lift to the ninth floor, and walked into the victim’s hospital room, which she shared with another female patient.
The conscious patient in the room said she witnessed the man on top of the victim, performing a sex act on her.
She called the nurse, who also saw what was happening and managed to scare him off, according to the police source speaking with PIX11.
They said the man left the hospital before security guards could catch him.
Police sources said the victim has been in a coma since being admitted to the hospital on April 21.
Authorities describe the man wanted for questioning as about 55 years old, standing about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a thin build, and walks with a limp.
He was last seen wearing a black hat, black jacket, white button-down shirt with a tie, light-coloured trousers, and red shoes.
It is currently unknown if the man knew the victim.