2009-06-26 / Front Page

Rapist On The Loose

By Howard Schwach

A young woman on her way home from celebrating a special event in Manhattan was brutally abducted and raped at Dayton Towers West early on Sunday morning, police sources say.

Police say that the unidentified woman was accosted and raped near the corner of Shore Front Parkway and Beach 102 Street. Family members conjecture that the attacker came from the Irish Circle (rear right). Photo by Howard Schwach
According to family members, the unidentified woman and a few friends were driven back to Rockaway from Manhattan by limousine.

At about 1:30 a.m. on June 21, the limo driver dropped the woman off at Beach 105 Street, near Rockaway Beach Boulevard. There, the woman who was visiting relatives and was unfamiliar with the building complex, found that the back gate was locked.

Not having a key, relatives say, she continued walking east around the building, looking for an entrance.

She reportedly turned right on Beach 102 Street and passed the Irish Circle bar.

When she got to the corner of Beach 102 Street and Shore Front Parkway, however, she told family members, a man came up to her and asked if she needed help, if she needed somebody to walk her home.

She described the man to investigators as an Hispanic male in his mid-20s, with Chinese symbols tattooed on his arm and neck. She told police that the man reeked of alcohol.

He shoved the victim down and dragged her between two of the buildings, where he raped her.

Family members say that she fought, but he was too strong.

After the assault, the man fled and the woman reported the rape to her family.

Responding police officers and detectives searched the area, even checking people at the Irish Circle, with no results.

She was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where there were no rape kits available, and then transferred to Queens General Hospital, where she was examined, treated and released.

"This was a traumatic experience for her," a relative said. "We want to tell the story so that everybody knows what can happen."

Detectives from the Queens Special Victims Squad and the 100 Precinct are investigating.

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