Video released of masked suspect in Jackson Heights rape

Screenshot/Video courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD released security camera footage on Saturday of a man who allegedly raped a 35-year-old woman in a Jackson Heights alleyway earlier this week.

Police said the incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 in the rear of an apartment house on 84th Street between 34th and 35th avenues.

Moments prior to the assault, authorities said, the suspect was filmed putting on a mask and waiting for the victim, who was walking home from work, to pass by.

Once she did, the perpetrator followed her in the vicinity of 84th Street and 35th Avenue, then grabbed her, demanded money and put a sharp object against her throat, according to police.

Authorities said the suspect then dragged the woman to an alleyway near two apartment buildings, where he raped her.

Following the attack, the suspect ran down the alley, climbed over a fence leading to 83rd Street and fled in an unknown direction.

The case was reported to the 115th Precinct; the victim was treated for related injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male with a slim build, standing 5 feet 4 inches tall and last observed wearing a mask, dark-colored shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the rape or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

More from Around New York