Philadelphia police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman inside the Center City Macy’s store.
The incident occurred Sunday around 11:30 a.m. at the Macy’s on 1300 Walnut Street.
The 55-year-old woman was shopping with her husband when she went to the third floor of the store to use the bathroom. That’s where she was attacked and sexually assaulted by an unidentified man who was holding 12-inch cooking skewers in his hand, according to investigators. The suspect then fled the scene.
“When she went inside the bathroom he was in the stall,” Philadelphia Police SVU Capt. Mark Burgmann said. “He jumped over the stall into her stall.”
Officials said no one heard anything until the woman came out of the bathroom and called police.
The suspect, who police believe had waited inside the bathroom for up to 20 minutes before the attack, left the store on foot and boarded a SEPTA Market Frankford Line train at 13th and Market streets around 11:45 a.m. He was last seen exiting the SEPTA station at 52nd and Market streets at 11:54 a.m. Sunday.