Police release CCTV footage in bid to catch Whitechapel rapist
PUBLISHED: 13:02 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 03 December 2018
Police investigating a “horrific” and “brutal” rape of a young woman in Whitechapel have released CCTV footage in a bid to track down the attacker.
The 22-year-old was on her way home in the early hours of Friday, November 9, having spent the evening with friends, when she was approached by a man in Hanbury Street.
He followed her into a building shortly after 2am, where he overpowered her and raped her in the basement. He left 20 minutes later, leaving a bodywarmer and a grey hat at the scene.
Officers have now released clips of the man they believe committed the rape, showing him walking down Great Eastern Street towards Shoreditch High Street at around 2.48am.
CCTV footage also captured him ahead of the attack, first identifying him at the junction of Commercial Street and White’s Row at 2.08am. He targets his victim six minutes later and leaves the building at 2.35am.
He is then seen walking down several roads, eventually hailing a cab in Shoreditch High Street.
Police have used the footage to map out his route before and after the attack to try and jog the memory of those who may have been in the area at the time.
Det Chief Insp Neil Rawlinson said: “This was a horrific attack carried out by a violent predator on a young woman going about her lawful business in what is one of London’s most popular areas for late night socialising.
“It was a brutal assault that has left her very traumatised indeed. “I am asking the public to look carefully at the CCTV images we have put out as well as the photo of his bodywarmer, which has a distinctive collar and lining, to see if they know who this man is or recognise this article of clothing.
“We urgently need to trace him and apprehend him in order to protect potential future victims.”
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man, believed to be between 25 and 35 years old.
He was wearing a dark coloured body warmer, which he left behind at the scene, and afterwards was seen in a grey jumper.
Anyone with information should call the investigation team on 020 8733 5999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.