2012-06-15 / Front Page

Rape Perv Busted

Son: No Help From Local Stores
By Howard Schwach


The man suspected of the Sunday rape on Beach 91 Street, identified on Wednesday as Samuel Doctor of Rockaway Beach, was caught by a surveillance camera on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The man suspected of the Sunday rape on Beach 91 Street, identified on Wednesday as Samuel Doctor of Rockaway Beach, was caught by a surveillance camera on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. A Rockaway man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a sixty-fouryear old woman, who was walking alone on Beach 91 Street to get her daily coffee at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 10.

The woman told police early Sunday morning that she was approached by the predator, accosted, knocked down to the ground and then later forcibly raped.

Officials identified the sexual predator as Samuel Doctor, 22, of 219 Beach 96 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Local police sources says that Doctor was arrested early Wednesday morning by detectives from the precinct squad and the city’s special victims unit based on evidence recovered from the scene and after tips from residents who saw his photo and his distinctive baseball cap on television news programs.


Detectives work the crime scene on Sunday afternoon. Beach 91 Street was blocked off as a crime scene from the Boulevard to the Rockaway Freeway for most of the day. Detectives work the crime scene on Sunday afternoon. Beach 91 Street was blocked off as a crime scene from the Boulevard to the Rockaway Freeway for most of the day. Doctor was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Wednesday night, charged with predatory sexual assault, rape in the first degree and criminal sexual act in the first degree.

The woman’s name is being withheld by The Wave due to the nature of the crime.

Her son, however, has come forward to tell of his mother’s version of the ordeal she suffered early on Sunday morning, and his name will be withheld as well because using his name would help identify his mother.

The son said on Tuesday that his mother was walking from her home behind the library to get her daily cup of coffee, something that she has been doing since the family moved to Rockaway about two months ago.


The victim was allegedly pushed up against this car and raped by Doctor. The victim was allegedly pushed up against this car and raped by Doctor. According to her son, his mother was accosted by Doctor, who demanded all of her money.

She told him that she had only a few dollars to buy coffee, and he knocked her down. She gave him the few dollars that she had and he allowed her to leave.

According to the woman, she then went into what her son called a “Chinese” store on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, where she was told by the people behind the counter that they could not speak English and could not help her.

She then went across the street to what the son called, the “Arab Store,” which he identified as the Rockaway Beach Deli and Grocery at 90-17 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

There, the woman says, she was told that there were no telephones available and she was asked to leave the store.

“She was assaulted and hurt, but not raped, and nobody would help her,” the son said, almost in tears. “The Arabs should have just locked the door until the man, who was hanging around on the street, left the area. They didn’t want to help her.

When she walked out of the store, the son said, she was grabbed by the man, dragged across the street and raped.

Her son is angry.

“If somebody had called the police for her, or locked their door to keep the man away, this sad thing would not have happened,” he told The Wave. “We support the stores, they should support the people who come to their stores.”

He added that his mother is “distraught but healing,” with the help of victim’s services workers.

“We moved to Rockaway so that we could go to the beach, move around,” the son said. “We moved right near the precinct, and this happens.”

He praised the police for their response to the crime.

“They are doing all they can, they are doing a good job,” he said. “It is the storeowners that should have helped when they could.”

Police sources, however, tell a slightly different story.

Those sources say that the woman was first accosted on the way to the Apetito Deli at 90-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

At Beach 91 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the police say, she was accosted by the man who robbed her and ripped her underwear.

Court documents say that he pushed her into a metal barrier and put his fingers in her mouth. His fingerprints were then allegedly found on the metal barrier.

Detectives say that she managed to free herself and went into Apetito and asked for a phone, but did not tell the workers behind the counter that she had been assaulted, nor did she tell any of the other customers in the store at the time what had happened.

Workers at Apetito told The Wave that the woman did come into the store and asked for a tissue to wipe off her bleeding face.

When workers asked if she wanted them to call the police, she declined, the store’s owner said. They added that she never said she had been sexually assaulted or that she needed help.

She then went across the street to the Rockaway Beach Deli, where she was told that the only phone, a cell phone, had not been charged and was not working.

Again, police say, she did not alert the workers that she had been assaulted.

When she left that deli, the court documents say, Doctor was waiting for her and she was assaulted once more, forced up against a parked car south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and told by doctor that he had a knife and would hurt her if she screamed. It was then, against the car, that he allegedly raped her.

Court documents say that crime lab technicians found Doctor’s fingerprints on the car door.

She then went to cab stand on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and told the dispatcher that she had been “beaten up” and needed to go home.

The dispatcher offered to take her to the 100 Precinct, but she declined. She was transported home.

When she told her family what happened, however, they contacted police and a patrol car was dispatched to her location

She was taken to Queens General Hospital, where a rape kit was prepared.

Doctor was caught on a video surveillance camera on Rockaway Beach Boulevard leaving the scene of the crime.

He was described by police at the time as a black male, approximately 5 foot, 10 inches tall, wearing green pants, a dark colored tee shirt and a Miami Marlins baseball cap.

Police say that the photo and distinctive cap were factors, along with the forensic evidence, that led to Doctor’s arrest.

Court documents say that Doctor admitted to detectives that he had raped the victim.

Doctor has eleven prior arrests, including robbery and criminal possession of a knife, law-enforcement sources said.

According to NYPD statistics, this is the third rape within the confines of the 100 precinct this year, as opposed to two in the same time period last year.

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