Police: Suspect sexually assaults teen

July 27, 2008 3:50:43 PM PDT
Police tell Eyewitness News, they are looking for the man who dragged a 19-year-old woman into a Laurelton, Queens backyard, and sexually assaulted her. The alleged incident happened overnight near 133rd Ave and Farmers Blvd.

The suspect targeted her at a bus stop near her home, according to police.

"It's crazy, I'm shocked to hear that. I've never heard of anything like that around here," said Carl Newsome.

The victim screaming got the suspects attention according to police. The suspect then ran off.

On July 9th, a 16 year old girl on her way to summer school in Queens was police say she was dragged behind an abandoned building and sexually assaulted by a blade-wielding attacker. The alleged attack took place at about 8 a.m. as the teen walked in St. Albans.

He put a box cutter to her throat and forced her to the back of 121-02 Merrill St. - a vacant church building, cops said.

Police said the suspect, who was described only as having a Caribbean accent, forced the student to perform oral sex on him before he ran off.

She was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Cops said she was not slashed or stabbed during the sexual assault.

Residents are worried after a series of attacks on women in the Queens area. Sometimes the suspect uses a box cutter or knife, other times he just overpowers his victims.

Police believe the same person might be responsible for eight sexual assaults.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda