Police are seeking a man who got into a South Ozone Park woman's apartment Friday night and tried to rape her but managed only to cut her with a pocket knife.
The man gained entry to the apartment, located somewhere within the 106th Precinct area, at about 8 p.m., police said. He pulled out a pocket knife, put it against the victim's throat and ordered her to undress.
She complied, but then she fought back, police said. Attacker and victim struggled for the knife, and she wrestled it away from him. The would-be rapist then pulled out a second knife, cutting the woman's wrist and right ring finger. He then retrieved the first knife and fled.
The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has a dark complexion, police said, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering and blue thermal underwear at the time of the attack.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.
While violent crime is mostly down across the city, with the murder rate poised to hit a record low this year, rape, homicide and felony assault are all up in the 106th Precinct. According to official police statistics, there were 18 rapes reported in the precinct through Dec. 8 this year, compared to 15 at the same point last year. There were also five murders, compared to two in the first 49 weeks of last year; and 236 felony assaults, compared to 178. Burglaries are down, however, from 354 to 320 through Dec. 8.
Due to what police reported, this article originally said the incident happened in Ozone Park, but sources familiar with the case say it occurred in South Ozone Park.