NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are asking for the public’s help to track down a sex assault suspect in Queens.
Authorities said the suspect followed a 35-year-old woman near 89th Street and Jamaica Avenue on Tuesday morning before he grabbed her from behind and placed her in a choke hold.READ MORE: 2 NYPD Officers Recovering, Suspect In Custody After Police-Involved Shooting In Brooklyn
Police said that the suspect then dragged the woman into an alley, punched her repeatedly and sexually assaulted her. The incident happened around 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Woodhaven section.
“Oh wow, I go to work at that time. That’s kind of disturbing to me because I’ve been here for a while,” Sharon Waters told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.READ MORE: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Open Up About Royal Struggles In Bombshell Interview
“It’s a nice neighborhood. Nothing like that happens around here, I’m kind of shocked to hear that,” Marcia Bajwas said.
The suspect is described by police as being a Hispanic or Guyanese male in his mid 20’s, approximately 5’9” tall with a medium build and short black spiky hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.MORE NEWS: Derek Chauvin Trial: Jury Selection Begins Monday In George Floyd Murder Case
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