Providence police release surveillance footage of sexual assault suspect
Residents say the lack of arrest is "unsettling"
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police on Friday released new surveillance footage from the Pembroke Avenue sexual assault that happened last week.
They’re now asking the public for help identifying the suspect as students in the area say they remain “on edge” after the string of attacks.
“It’s unsettling to know that this person is still out there,” says Sydney Fydenkevez, a student at Providence College.
The updated video shows the man walking throughout the neighborhood with a Tiki Torch.
Police believe the suspect is a light skinned male, who is around 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds with a small to medium build. He is believed to be in his late 20s to late 30s and has a distinctive walk in what appears to be in a “pigeon toed” manner.
On the night of the assault, the man was seen wearing multiple different clothing combinations, including red pants, black pants, a purple or blue sweatshirt or jacket with a logo on the upper left area (possibly a Nike “Swoosh”) and a black sweatshirt or jacket.
Police said that the suspect had a dark colored “gator” style face mask and a black baseball cap on backwards with the reflective sticker on the brim. He was also wearing black low top Nike sneakers.
“We’re lucky we haven’t been victimized, but just knowing that other girls living her have is terrifying and sad,” says Grace Sherlog, a student at Providence College.
The Pembroke Avenue area also is home to students from Johnson & Wales and Bryant University, including Benjamin Fein. Fein says while he is leaving for the summer soon, but concerned for those staying in the area. “It’s gotta be scary going to bed at night knowing this threat is still out there.”
“It’s really disturbing and absolutely unsettling,” said Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza, sending a strong message Friday morning to the assailant and community. “It’s just a matter of time before we grab this person and lock him up behind bars.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Providence Police Department at 401-272-3121.