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Woman thrown down flight of stairs, brutally raped in Rego Park

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REGO PARK, QUEENS (PIX11) – The NYPD released surveillance video of man they say brutally raped 52-year-old woman in Rego Park Friday.

The victim was caught on camera in the Rite Aid on 63rd Drive and Queens Blvd just moments before the heinous crime.  Police say the suspect, who identified himself as “Junior” to the woman, approached the victim as she exited the Rego Park Subway station and asked her for her name and phone number.  She refused and ducked into the Rite Aid, where he followed her in and began harassing her but then left.  That is where he was caught by surveillance.

Police say the suspect then waited outside the store and followed the woman to an apartment building on Saunders Street, pushed her down a small flight of stairs and raped her.

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The stairwell where the woman was raped Friday night in Rego Park.

“I’m wondering what all these people who heard scream, were they watching TV and did not hear her, why did nobody come?” asked resident Pamela Yap.

Police are asking for the public’s help.  The suspect is described as a man in his 20’s, about 5’7″ with a mustache.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.