Would-be rapist sought after Queens assault: NYPD

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COLLEGE POINT, Queens – Police are asking for the public’s help Thursday to find a would-be rapist who assaulted a woman in College Point.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday the man allegedly followed the 51-year-old victim along 121st Street before approaching her from behind, threatening her with a gun and attempting to rape her, police said.

He can be seen walking alongside her in the surveillance video that police obtained and released to the public.

The culprit dragged the victim into the backyard of a residential building where she fought him off and yelled for help, police said. He then ran away heading south on 121st Street.

The person sought is described as a Hispanic male, 23 to 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has a tattoo of a cross and Jesus on his right arm, police said. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, dark-colored jeans and yellow work boots.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.