By Bill Parry
The NYPD identified a suspect in connection with the brutal attack of a 52-year-old mother of two in Kew Gardens Hills last week.
Investigators identified 21-year-old Ronald Williams as a suspect in the case May 5 and released video of him riding the Q44 bus about an hour before the victim, an Asian woman, was savagely beaten and sexually assaulted before being left at the bottom of an exterior stairwell in the vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and 72nd Road just after 8:30 a.m. on April 30, police said.
Police from the 107th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a possible sexual assault and found the woman unconscious with trauma to the face and body, according to the NYPD. EMS arrived and transported the victim to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens, where she remains in serious but stable condition, police said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot O’Shea said Williams is known to “frequent Queens and the Bronx” in a post on Twitter Saturday. His last known address is unknown, according to police.
The NYPD was offering a $10,000 reward for information on the suspect’s whereabouts and assembled a 40-member special tactical team of investigators to work the case, which they are calling a top priority.
“We very much want to find out who did this to her and get that person off the streets,” Special Victims Unit Captain Elisa Anders told WABC-TV. “It was unusually brutal. We don’t believe she was stalked for a period of time — we believe it was random. A case like this leaving a victim as brutally beaten as she was is extremely troublesome.”
Police released photos of Williams wearing “very distinctive clothing” including a black and red Houston Rockets cap, a black and green jacket and red jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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