By Howard Koplowitz
An 18-year old woman was raped and robbed at gunpoint early Monday in the back of a Richmond Hill home, police said.
The victim, whose name was not released, was walking by 123-22 103rd Ave. around 1:43 a.m. Monday when the suspect, believed to be a black man between 20 and 25, approached her brandishing a silver handgun, police said.
The man then forced the woman into the rear of the Richmond Hill home, where he robbed and sexually assaulted her, police said.
She was taken to Queens Hospital Center in stable condition, police said, and the suspect was yet to be apprehended as of Tuesday.
Nobody answered the door Tuesday of the home where police said the sexual assault occurred.
A woman who lives on the block said she was sleeping at the time of the incident.
“I didn't hear anything at all,” she said.
The woman said she heard that the victim ran to the end of the block to her boyfriend.
Police did not say that the incident was part of the sexual assault pattern in southeast Queens that has put neighborhood women on edge.
In those cases, two men are suspected of 13 assaults since November.
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