PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A $5,000 reward is being offered in the hunt for a rapist who attacked a woman in Love Park over the weekend. Meantime, police are stepping up their patrols.
Police say the suspect followed a 41-year-old woman after she was on her way to work in Center City, around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. He then knocked her to the ground and raped her, authorities say.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Fed Up With City's Gun Violence Problem, Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor
The woman had just gotten off the subway at 15th Street.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect running away.
“Anyone who knows this individual, who has encountered him before, would absolutely recognize him from the imagery we provided, we would certainly understand why someone would want to furnish that information but would want to do it anonymously,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.
Some women are taking extra precautions when walking through Love Park after work.READ MORE: Philadelphia Fourth Of July Shooting: 2 Police Officers Injured After Shots Fired During Fireworks Show On Ben Franklin Parkway
“A lot of times I’m paired up with my co-worker,” Beverly Ford-Green said.
“Feels like a safe place but sad it can happen anywhere,” Diane Menio said.
Some were carrying pepper spray on them.
“Even on public transportation, I’m scared to even ride trains and buses,” Olu Brooks said.
SEPTA police also has a bigger presence following the attack.
If you have any information, you’re urged to call 215-686-TIPS.MORE NEWS: Deputy John Foster Identified As Montgomery County Bomb Squad Member Injured In Philadelphia Fourth Of July Fireworks Shooting
CBS3’s Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.