The incident took place at about 4:30 a.m. on September 2, when a 35-year-old woman was raped on 35th Avenue and 84th Street in Jackson Heights. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5'4” tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a mask, dark-colored shirt and jeans.
According to police, the suspect followed the victim, who was on her way home from work, for a few blocks before demanding money from her while holding a sharp object to her throat. He then pulled the victim into an alley and raped her.
Just prior to the alleged incident, footage from a nearby surveillance camera the man put on a ski mask to conceal his face and then hiding behind a hedge while waiting for the victim to pass on the sidewalk.
“This is an outrageous, violent crime committed in our usually safe community of Jackson Heights," said Councilman Daniel Dromm. “We as a community must respond accordingly and do everything we can do to help find this attacker. We must try to prevent this from happening to anyone else."
Dromm was joined by community leader Shekar Krishnan, members of his staff, and volunteers over the weekend to hand out fliers describing the attacker and urge residents with any information to call the NYPD.
“Our mothers, young girls and the women of this neighborhood have the right to feel safe walking in their neighborhood,” Dromm said. “I am deeply upset by what happened and I'm asking the public to give as much information as they possibly can to help catch this perpetrator.
“It is outrageous that we still live in a time where someone feels it is okay to violate another person in this way,” he added. “I commend the NYPD for their efforts to apprehend this assailant, and am working closely with the 115th Precinct to capture this criminal.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crimestoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.