Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani


WINS Address
June 9, 1996

New Yorkers were shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal beating of a young woman in Central Park during the afternoon of June 4. Since then, Police Commissioner Howard Safir and detectives from the New York Police Department have been working tirelessly to solve this terrible crime.

Thanks to their hard work and professionalism, and the cooperation of the New York media, we have seen a real breakthrough in the case.

Three days after the attack, the young woman was reunited with her two sisters. And now, she's been reunited with her mother and father also.

While she remains in critical condition, her doctors feel that the presence of her family members will aid in her recovery. We're all praying for her and for her family.

Now that the victim has been identified and is receiving the best possible care from the compassionate and dedicated doctors and nurses and staff at New York Hospital, the next step is to find her attacker.

Once again the media is helping by widely disseminating a composite drawing of the suspect, which was derived from the description of a man fleeing the scene.

He is a light-complexioned black or Hispanic male, between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 10 inches, weighing from 140 to 160 pounds. He's described as clean-shaven and with a crew cut. If you have information that can help, the police need your help. Please call 1-800-577-TIPS.

Any crime in Central Park -- the world's most famous and beautiful urban park -- is guaranteed to attract national and even international attention. It's also guaranteed to have a profound impact on New Yorkers -- who view the park as a quiet sanctuary.

But the fact is that one reason this crime is so newsworthy is that it is exceedingly rare. New York is just about the safest large city in America, ranking 140th for crime -- and Central Park is probably the safest urban park in the United States.

Serious crime in Central Park is down over 30 percent so far this year, compared to the same period last year. And it's down 62 percent compared to 1993.

Last year at this time there were no murders in the park, and there have been no murders so far this year. Last year at this time there were two rapes, and this year there has been one rape. All of these of course are unacceptable crimes.

However, the fact is that 15 to 16 million people visit the park every year, and it is about as safe a place as there is in urban America.

New Yorkers recognize that. The weekend after the attack, they used the park in large numbers, in the same numbers as they've always used the park.

Once again I'd like to congratulate the New York Police Department for their very effective detective work, and the New York media in particular, for its cooperation. And I'd like to thank the EMS workers, the staff at New York Hospital and the New Yorkers who've helped with this case. If you have any information that will help us find the attacker please call. That number again is 1-800-577-TIPS. The reward is $21,000. And if you give us information that leads to the arrest and conviction of this person, you will be enti tled to that reward.

And in the meantime, most importantly, I ask all New Yorkers to join me in praying for this young woman's swift and full recovery.

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