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Police arrested a man who raped a 17-year-old in a Woodside alley.

A 28-year-old man allegedly approached a 17-year-old girl from behind in the early morning on Oct. 7, dragged her into a Woodside alley and raped her, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, Berten Garcia sneaked up on the victim between 7:15 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. He covered her mouth, told her to be quiet and told her he was carrying a knife. Garcia then dragged her into an alley between 65th Street and Broadway and pushed her to the ground, DNAinfo first reported.

Garcia proceeded to remove her pants and underwear, grope her breasts, put his fingers into her genitals and then raped her while also kissing her face without consent, according to the criminal complaint.

The suspect informed the NYPD and an arrest was made by the 108th Precinct, police said. The victim suffered abrasions to her forehead and knees, scratches to her wrist, red marks on her face and soreness and pain to her body, the criminal complaint read.

Garcia was arrested near 65th Street and Broadway and police discovered that he was carrying cocaine. He was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree assault, first-degree sexual abuse and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

 

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