Police identify suspect in Bronx stairwell rape as 22-year-old Larry Valencia

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Monday, May 11, 2015

BRONX, N.Y. (WABC) -- Police have identified the suspect wanted in the rape of a 21-year-old woman that happened in the stairwell of a Bronx building.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

Authorities say 22-year-old Larry Valencia stated that he had a knife and forced the woman to the top of the stairwell of the Banyer Place apartment building, where he raped her.

He was last seen fleeing the scene on a scooter.

The victim, who was taken to Jacobi Hospital for evaluation, picked Valencia's photo out of a photo array.

Surveillance cameras captured an image of the suspect before the brutal attack.

One resident of the building said she opened her door around 1 a.m. and locked eyes with the victim.

"The girl was being dragged from the roof area and her body was just going boom, boom, boom, down the stairs," the witness' niece, Piedad Cordova, said. "Her clothing was ripped, she was crying, she was hurt, she was bruised up."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).