2009-10-30 / Front Page

Cops Seek Double Rapist

By Howard Schwach

Detectives from both of the Rockaway precincts are investigating recent rape incidents on the theory that both the rape in the 100 Precinct on Tuesday and the rape in the 101 Precinct early Wednesday morning were perpetrated by the same man.

Police officials provided this sketch of the man wanted for the two recent Rockaway rapes. Police officials provided this sketch of the man wanted for the two recent Rockaway rapes. Police describe the man as a black male, approximately 20 to 25 years of age, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 170 pounds. They add that he has an athletic build and is armed with a black handgun. In each of the cases the assailant was wearing jeans and a hoodie sweatshirt.

Police say he warned both women, "follow my directions and I won't kill you."

In the first incident, a woman on the way home from her job at 3 a.m. was viciously attacked and raped as she exited the Beach 67 Street A Train station on Tuesday morning, police sources say.

According to police, the unidentified woman was exiting the station when she was approached by a man brandishing a handgun.

The unidentified gunman then forced the woman to the rear alleyway at 330 Beach 67 Street, where he forcibly raped and robbed her.

Detectives work in front of 364 Beach 56 Street, in the Ocean Bay Houses, looking for clues to the rape that took place on Wednesday morning. It was the second rape in the area in two days, and police officials speculate that the two may be related. Photo by Susan Locke. Detectives work in front of 364 Beach 56 Street, in the Ocean Bay Houses, looking for clues to the rape that took place on Wednesday morning. It was the second rape in the area in two days, and police officials speculate that the two may be related. Photo by Susan Locke. In the Wednesday morning incident, an unidentified 21-year-old woman was standing on the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 56 Street at about 5:20 a.m., when she was confronted by a man brandishing a handgun who forced her into the Ocean Bay apartment house at 364 Beach 56 Street, where she was taken to a sixth floor landing before she was raped and robbed.

Beach 58 Street is the dividing line between the two precincts, officials say.

Both victims were removed by EMS ambulance to Queens General Hospital, which is one of the borough's hospitals designated as a rape center.

Neither of the Rockaway hospitals has that designation.

Sources say that both victims were tested with rape kits at the hospital and then treated and released.

No arrests have yet been made.

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. has called for a march and rally on Saturday morning, October 31. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at Beach 56 Street and end at the Macedonia Baptist Church on Beach 67 Street. A community meeting will be held at the church following the march.

Police are asking that anybody with information on either of the rapes contact the 100 Precinct Squad at 718-318- 4226 or the 101 Detective Squad at 718-868-3429. In addition, those with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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