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Police looking for attempted rape suspect in Astoria

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ASTORIA — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to rape two women in Astoria last week.

Two women, both 28, were attacked by a man while entering their 21st Street apartment around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police said. The man pushed them into their apartment’s vestibule and tried to rape them, police said.

“Be quiet. I have a gun,” the man told the victims, according to the police.

The women were saved when a second floor resident came to the vestibule and the man ran away, police said. The women were treated for lacerations to their face and arms at Elmhurst Hospital, police said.

The suspect is described as a 20- to 25-year-old black man about 6 feet tall, weighing 185 pounds with short black hair, police said. When last seen, he wore a long-sleeved black V-neck sweater and blue jeans, police said.

Those with information can contact the NYPD’s Crimestoppers via phone at 800-477-TIPS, via its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or through texting 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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QM22 from Queens says:
21st Street and 25th Road, right? A little too close for comfort, right? I hope the suspects do get caught. But part of the root of the problem is the need to improve transportation in this neighborhood. You might have seen me advocating for the reinstatement of the QM22 Express Bus and an incident like this helps to show people why such a service is marketable to and needed in this community given that most people take the Subway to and from Manhattan and that many and possibly these sexual assault victims have been followed off of the Subway. Did you know from 10 PM - 5 AM daily you could ask the Bus Operator on Local and Express buses to drop you off at any location along a bus route that is NOT a bus stop? As mentioned, an incident like this shows that there is a need for an Express Bus in Astoria and in other neighborhoods A LOT of the riders on the Express Buses are WOMEN. Even on the QM22 prior to the cuts, was almost exclusively women except for two guys and there were times when our activist Ali Fadil rode the QM22 where he was the only guy on the bus.
Nov. 11, 2011, 5:59 am
FaithSmith says:
I hope that the cops will resolve this issue as soon as possible. Public places like parks, dim streets, abandoned buildings, are only a few of the places where attempted rape cases like this happen. As parents, we need to inform our children especially the young teens about this matter. Yet, we cannot deny the fact that we can't always watch over them especially at work. So, I tried searching for solutions and luckily I read an article which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a safety network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids. Check it here: http://www.tsue-thatswhatshesaid.com/2011/09/keeping-your-child-safe-supporting.html
Nov. 16, 2011, 12:33 pm

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