Prague police ask for public's help in identifiying Letná park rape suspect

Newly released footage shows a man suspected of raping a young woman in the early hours of June 17. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 21.06.2023 12:59:00 (updated on 21.06.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

Prague police have released security camera footage of a suspect believed to have brutally physically attacked and then raped a young female in the early hours of Saturday last week (June 17) at Prague 7’s Letná Park.

The man attended a weekly open-air music event, known as Antigona Prague, which had been taking place under the Prague Metronome near the park. The event is typically frequented by over 200 people.

The footage, released by police Wednesday, shows a dark-skinned male, approximately between 180 and 185 centimeters tall, wearing a light-colored shirt, white trousers, white shoes, and a baseball cap. CCTV shows the man approaching women on the Štefánikův Bridge, which leads to Prague's Letná district, in the early hours of Saturday at around 2 a.m.

A second man carrying a longboard or a skateboard can be seen with the suspect. The second man is considered a likely witness to the incident, and someone who could provide key information needed to help law enforcement catch the perpetrator.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the two men captured on the footage and are urging the public to call 158 or visit a police station if they have any further information. Visitors to the Letná event who may have photos of these men are being asked to hand them over to the police. 

Rape offenders in the Czech Republic face up to ten years behind bars if caught and convicted. 

If you or someone you know have been the victim of a sexual assault, the Czech Republic has a free helpline staffed by the Bílý kruh bezpečí organization that offers support and assistance in dealing with the police. You can also reach out to Profem for assistance in reporting a crime. Victims of rape who do not speak Czech are entitled to an interpreter when reporting the assault to law enforcement.

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