By CBSNewYork Team

EDITOR’S NOTE 3/19/21 2:00 p.m. – Police now say the woman has recanted her story and that no rape took place. Our original story from March 18 appears below. 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say a woman was raped by a driver she hailed in Brooklyn to take her home.

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According to police, the 23-year-old woman flagged down a black Cadillac on Utica Avenue near Prospect Place in Crown Heights on Thursday morning.

Instead of taking her home, the man stopped the car outside a building in Williamsburg.

Investigators say the man then pressed a sharp object to her back, led her to the building’s basement and raped her.

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“It’s scary, and I honestly feel, my parents live here, that we should be notified, especially if it’s a rapist,” neighbor Jashin Merced said.

“I hope they catch the guy and throw him under the jail,” one man said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital.

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No arrests have been made. Police say it’s not clear if her attacker was a legitimate ride share or livery cab driver.

CBSNewYork Team