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Authorities searching for suspect called ‘Junior’ in Rego Park rape [With Video]

Police released surveillance video of a man they identified as a suspect in the attack. Image courtesy NYPD
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Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly harassed and followed a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, before throwing her down a flight of stairs and raping her Friday evening, police said.

The victim had been coming out of the R train station at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard at about 10 p.m., when the suspect, who called himself Junior, approached and asked for her name and phone number, cops said.

After the woman refused and went into a Rite Aid, the man then followed her inside the pharmacy and started harassing her and then left, the NYPD said.

But police say the suspect didn’t go far. He was waiting for her when she headed out of the store, and when she got to 63-45 Saunders St., the suspect allegedly grabbed her, threw her down a flight of steps and raped her, according to the NYPD.

Afterward, the suspect, who was described as a 5-foot-7 black man in 20s with a mustache, allegedly swiped her cell phone and purse, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance video, which they said shows the suspect entering the Rite Aid.

The woman was taken by emergency responders to the hospital, cops said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, submit tips by logging onto www.crimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) before entering TIP577.

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Posted 12:16 am, August 26, 2013
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Reader feedback

Fedup from Rego park says:
Post a better and clearer image of the perp so that the public can assist in the hunt!!! This makes him look like a blurry mess!!!
Aug. 26, 2013, 2:36 pm
Nervous and concerned woman from Rego park says:
If he has her cell phone, did the police try to trace it or track it down? There is not enough police presence in the area especially at night.
Aug. 27, 2013, 12:33 am
Nervous and concerned woman from Rego park says:
I agree with fedup,we need a clear picture of the dirtbag.
Aug. 27, 2013, 12:34 am
lepseal from REGO PARK says:
A CLEAR FACE need to be repost it to the internet and a poster of him should be at each apt. main door. A community watch should be formed in Rego Park, NY

Forest Hills has more protection than Rego Park and they are very close to one another.
Aug. 28, 2013, 1:34 pm
lepseal from REGO PARK says:
I love to catch this face and report it to crime stopper asap!
HE might be hiding in the area still waiting for the next victim.
Aug. 28, 2013, 1:37 pm
metalchick from Rego Park says:
I agree that there needs to be a clear image of this creep. However, the reason it's so blurry and poor quality is because Rite Aid has a GARBAGE video surveillance camera. Blame it on them.

This is scary because it happened right on my turf. I've lived in this neighborhood for all but 10 years of my life and it's generally been quite safe here, for the most part. I hope they catch this individual soon!
Aug. 28, 2013, 1:53 pm
worried from rego park says:
I'm a young adult and when this news got to me, I was very scared. there are so many dark streets around here at night, now we can't even go out wether it's day or night, a predator knows no bounds, they follow you by day and attack you by night, the worst part is you never know who they are. I really hope they catch this fellow. it's annoying and terrifying.
Aug. 29, 2013, 12:23 am

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