By Christina Santucci
Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly harassed and followed a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, before throwing her down a flight of stairs and raping her Friday evening, police said.
The victim had been coming out of the R train station at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard at about 10 p.m., when the suspect, who called himself Junior, approached and asked for her name and phone number, cops said.
After the woman refused and went into a Rite Aid, the man then followed her inside the pharmacy and started harassing her and then left, the NYPD said.
But police say the suspect didn’t go far. He was waiting for her when she headed out of the store, and when she got to 63-45 Saunders St., the suspect allegedly grabbed her, threw her down a flight of steps and raped her, according to the NYPD.
Afterward, the suspect, who was described as a 5-foot-7 black man in 20s with a mustache, allegedly swiped her cell phone and purse, police said.
The NYPD released surveillance video, which they said shows the suspect entering the Rite Aid.
The woman was taken by emergency responders to the hospital, cops said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, submit tips by logging onto www.crimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) before entering TIP577.
Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 718-260-4589.