2004-02-27 / Front Page

Cops Seek Rape Suspect

By Brian Magoolaghan
Cops Seek Rape Suspect

Cops Seek Rape Suspect

Police need your help to find the man who they say raped a 12-year-old girl in Far Rockaway last Friday morning.

The unidentified man, 29-32 years old, about five feet eight inches tall, has short hair and was wearing a black jacket with a hood, black pants and black leather gloves during the attack, police said. He used a white Toyota 4Runner, which had earlier been reported stolen, to get away. The suspect then dumped the vehicle on Brunswick Avenue near the Redfern Houses.

The attack occurred just after 8 a.m. last Friday as the girl cut through a backyard on her way to school. The suspect, who demanded money, grabbed the girl from behind, threw her to the ground and then raped her, police said. The victim was taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

An all out manhunt for the suspect was launched following the incident. Police used search dogs to track the man, but made no related arrests.

Police were continuing to investigate the incident as The Wave went to press this week. They asked anyone with information to call the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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