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Suspect raped woman, robbed another in hourlong Brooklyn crime spree: police

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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn – A 20-year-old woman was followed into her apartment building and raped at gunpoint in Coney Island, police said Monday, releasing surveillance video of the attacker who is still at large.

It happened at 9 p.m. Sunday at a Coney Island apartment building, and police believe the suspect may also be wanted in an armed robbery.

The victim was followed into the elevator by her attacker, police said. When she exited at her floor, the culprit grabbed her from behind, pulled out a gun then yanked her into a stairwell where he raped her, police said.

He stole her cash and keys then fled down the staircase, police said. He was captured on the building’s surveillance cameras, footage from which was released Monday.

Police are searching for the culprit, described as a black male in his 20s with black hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion. He was last seen carrying a black bag and wearing a black-and-white skull hat, a black leather jacket, gray sweatpants and white sneakers, police said.

Police believe the same man robbed a 46-year-old woman at gunpoint an hour later when she stepped out of the elevator on the 16th floor of a residential building at 2885 West 12th Street.  He took $30 from her pocketbook before fleeing; the victim wasn't harmed, police said.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).