JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens — Surveillance video showing a suspect putting on a mask before allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman, has left the community on edge.
City Council Member Daniel Dromm, who represents Jackson Heights, and his staff, handed out “Wanted for Rape” flyers at the corner of 84th Street and 37th Avenue to inform residents of the attack and to ask them for their help in catching the suspect.
“We’re out asking for the public to give as much information as they possibly can, if they know anything at all, to get back to us, and follow up with the NYPD,” Councilman Dromm said.
“It’s a good way to try and get the guy, cause I’ve been living here my whole life, and this is ridiculous. I’ve never seen this happen,” said Jackson Heights resident Lilia Pineros.
The attack happened around 4:30 Wednesday morning as the victim was walking home from work. Surveillance video shows a man pulling a ski mask over his head and hiding in the bushes. He waited for the woman to pass, and then followed her along 84th Street near 35th Avenue.
He then grabbed the victim, pointed a sharp object at her throat, and demanded cash, before forcing her into alley between two houses and raping her, police said.
The suspect–described as a male Hispanic, 5’4”, with a slim build and last seen wearing a dark shirt and jeans–got away by running down the alley and climbing over a fence leading to 83rd Street, according to police.
“I used to walk my dog at 5 in the morning. I walked like 3 blocks, but I’m not going to do it anymore. I’m very scared,” said Jackson Heights resident Julia Chapuseaux.