NYC crime: 2 attempted rapes prompt safety concerns in Riverside Park

The NYPD is investigating two separate attempted rapes on women in the area of Riverside Park on the Upper West Side, and police believe the attacks were committed by two different men.

First reported incident 

The first incident happened Tuesday around 10 p.m.

According to police, a 38-year-old woman was targeted while running on the bike path near West 89th in Riverside Park.

Authorities said the suspect – described as a man between 30 and 40 years old, around 5' 6'' tall, and wearing a red sports jersey with the number 40 on the back – got off his bicycle and attacked the woman. 

He forcefully pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her before fleeing the scene on his bike, police said.

"It's terrifying. I sent a screenshot to my husband this morning because I live right there," one woman told FOX 5 NY. "I was just really scared. I don't know how no one was around.

Second reported incident 

Another similar incident occurred just days later on Thursday before 5 a.m. along W 59th St. and the Hudson River. 

According to police, a 33-year-old woman was attacked. The suspect pushed her to the ground, but the woman was able to defend herself against the assailant, police said.

However, during the struggle, police said the suspect managed to steal her necklace and cell phone when she attempted to call for help.

Police do not believe the two incidents are related.

Authorities are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed something to come forward and assist in the investigations. 

As of now, no arrests have been made in either case.