Police Seek Sex Assault Suspect, Pols Offer Reward
The 27-year-old victim told police of the 114th Precinct that she was approached by an unidentified Hispanic man in his 20s who demanded cash at knifepoint. The suspect then dragged the victim into an alleyway off 26th Street, where he robbed her of credit cards and $400 in cash and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, the suspect fled towards Ditmars Boulevard. The victim stopped passersby to ask for help and was taken to an area hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.
Police are investigating. The Police Department released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
Astoria is a safe community where neighbors look out for each other and take steps to protect one another," Gianaris declared. "Our neighborhood is among the safest in New York, precisely because we have zero tolerance for these atrocious crimes. It is incumbent upon each of us to do whatever is necessary to find the perpetrator and make sure he is laced behind bars for a very long time."
"I spent my entire life here and still live a few blocks away," Vallone asserted. "I want to assure everyone that Astoria is one of the safest neighborhoods in the safest big city in the world. This attack is an aberration. We will make sure that the person responsible for this atrocity is caught and remanded without bail and serves the maximum prison sentence."
Anyone with information can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
In other precinct news, on Friday, August 10, at about 10 p.m., three 16-year-old males jumped over a wall to sneak into an Amtrak power substation on 49th Street between 25th and 28th Avenues in Astoria. One of the three came in contact with an electrical device and suffered serious burns. Police of the 114th Precinct responded to a 911 emergency call and removed the teenager to Elmhurst Hospital Center. He was transferred to the New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center burn unit in critical condition.
The other two 16-year-old males were charged with trespassing. Amtrak and police are investigating the incident.
114th Precinct Blotter Highlights
Monday, August 6: • A 37-year-old Hispanic male was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he was found in possession of a retractable baton at 58-03 31st Ave.
• Two Hispanic males 42 and 43 years old were charged with criminal trespass after they were found on property at 46-11 31st Ave. without permission.
• A 47-year-old black male was charged with evading payment of cigarette tax, failure to pay tax and violation of a local law after he was observed selling untaxed cigarettes at 32- 20 Northern Blvd.
• A 37-year-old Hispanic male was charged with criminal contempt after he violated a valid order of protection at 36-50 38th St.
• A 34-year-old Hispanic male was charged with aggravated harassment at the 114th Precinct station house, 34-16 Astoria Blvd., after he threatened several victims by telephone.