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Woman Uses Cell Phone to Fight off Would-Be Rapist on Flushing Street: NYPD

Police sketch of the suspect and 149-15 Elm Av. (NYPD and Google Maps)

Aug. 13, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A 35-year-old woman used her cell phone to fend off a would-be rapist during an assault on a Flushing street last month.

The woman was walking by Kissena Park on July 26 at around 9 p.m. when the suspect approached her and, speaking in Mandarin, asked her several times to “be my friend,” according to police.

The woman told him to leave her alone but the perpetrator followed her for several blocks until she was outside a house on Elm Avenue.

She was pushed to the ground by the suspect who then grabbed her around the neck and punched her in the face, police said.

“I want [to] kill you,” shouted the assailant, before he put his hands inside her pants and started to pull them down, the victim told police.

The woman fought back and hit the suspect with her cell phone causing him to let go, police said.

He then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The woman suffered bruises and scratches to her body but refused medical attention, police said.

The suspect is described as being of Asian descent with a light complexion and is around 5 feet and 7 inches tall.

He has short black hair and weighs around 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt.

Police released a sketch of the suspect wanted for questioning.

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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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