2003-09-12 / Front Page

Savage Attack On Visiting Relative

By Brian Magoolaghan
Savage Attack On Visiting Relative By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway man was indicted for allegedly raping, stabbing, biting and permanently blinding a female relative visiting his residence last month.

William Joseph, 52, of 1101 McBride Street is charged with second degree attempted murder, rape, sodomy, robbery, assault, sexual abuse and first degree reckless endangerment.

Joseph allegedly bit the 41-year-old woman and used three kitchen knives to repeatedly stab her face and body while he raped her, on August 27, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The "savage" attack left the woman blind in her left eye, Brown said.

Joseph, a maintenance worker for the New York City Housing Authority, faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. He was arraigned last Friday in Queens Supreme Court before Justice James P. Griffin who ordered Joseph held without bail.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Erica L. Rosengarten of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau. The woman’s name is being withheld due to the nature of the alleged crime.

Joseph’s next court date is September 19.

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