Kew Gardens Hills man charged in Queens College attempted rape: Police

Police released these images of a suspect in the attack Saturday. Images courtesy NYPD
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FLUSHING — Police charged a Kew Gardens Hills man with attempting to rape a woman near Queens College earlier this month, the NYPD said Tuesday night.

David Diaz, 24, was arrested and charged in the attempted sexual attack on a 23-year-old woman Nov. 1, according to cops.

Only three days earlier, authorities released surveillance images of a man they identified as the suspect, which detectives said showed the suspect boarding a bus before the attempted rape.

The victim had been approached from behind and punched in the back of her head as her attacker covered her mouth and threatened her, police said.

After she was pushed to the ground near the area of Melbourne Avenue and Kissena Boulevard near Queens College, the suspect allegedly tried to remove her undergarments, the NYPD said.

But a passerby noticed what was happening and yelled at the suspect, who was described as a white man between 20 and 30 years old, police said.

Updated 6:52 pm, November 21, 2013
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Lou from Bayside says:
Diaz,Diaz,Diaz, This rag saw fit to previously identify this suspect photo as a white male! It wasnt a white male and has now been positively idd as a hispanic male! Good job, times ledger!
Nov. 21, 2013, 8:20 am
susan from queens says:
Probably illegal....
Nov. 21, 2013, 12:59 pm
John from Flushing says:
There is a police precinct and housing police station close by and yet there are some parts of that area that is unsafe to walk in the dark.
Jan. 20, 2014, 11:07 pm

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