REGO PARK, QUEENS (PIX11) — Police are asking the public to help them catch a rapist.
They have released surveillance video of a man who they say stalked, attacked and brutally raped a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, Queens, Friday night after she left the subway station at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard.
“That’s really terrible. I feel so sorry for the victim.” said resident Tnzin Nanglo. “This is a safe neighborhood.”
The attack, which happened about 10 p.m. Friday, has left women on edge. On her way to work, Bobbie Williams told PIX11 News: “It’s horrible. They stalk women. It’s so sad,” she said, adding: “You have to be constantly looking over your shoulder. You’re not safe no matter where you go.”
The woman was leaving the subway station when the man, who said his name was Junior, started chatting her up.
Cops say he asked for her name and phone number but she refused to tell him and ducked into the nearby Right Aid drug store. But the woman told police the man wouldn’t let up, and followed her into the store and continued to come on to her.
That’s where he was caught on camera. He eventually left the store but but waited outside. When the woman came out he followed her to an apartment building on Saunders Street , where her threw her down a small flight of stairs and raped her in a meter closet.
“I feel sorry for the victim. I feel sorry for her family,” said Victoria Makina Monday morning before catching her train. “She’s probably a mother, she might be a wife. It’s absolutely terrible.”
Police said the man is in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches and has a mustache. Call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS