Jan. 25, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
Police are looking for a man who allegedly beat up and attempted to rape a woman inside a building elevator in the Hollis section of Queens early Sunday.
The suspect, police said, was waiting inside the lobby area of an apartment building, located in the vicinity of 190th Street and Woodhull Avenue, at around 3:30 a.m. when a 38-year-old woman returning home walked by him.
The alleged perpetrator slapped the woman on the buttocks and then followed her into an elevator before unleashing a series of punches and kicks to the woman’s face, police said.
The suspect told the victim he was going to rape her and then ripped off her shirt and bra, police said.
He then decided to flee the scene on foot with the victim’s iPhone, police said. It is unclear what caused him to stop the attack, police said.
The victim was transported in stable condition to Jamaica Hospital with bruising and swelling to her face.
The NYPD Special Victims Unit is investigating the case.
Police released video footage of the suspect taken from inside the apartment building. The suspect is described as Black, and was seen wearing a black-colored hoody and pants with black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/