Woman at Queens Bus Stop Taken to Cemetery, Raped at Knifepoint

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013  |  Updated 8:03 PM EDT
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Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for a rape in Elmhurst, Queens, and have arrested a man accused of assaulting a woman in Forest Hills.  Tracie Strahan reports.

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Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for a rape in Elmhurst, Queens, and have arrested a man accused of assaulting a woman in Forest Hills. Tracie Strahan reports.

Police are looking for the man who approached a woman waiting at a bus stop in Queens early Monday, forced her to a nearby cemetery and raped her at knifepoint.

Authorities said the suspect approached the 41-year-old victim at 91st Place and Corona Avenue in Elmhurst shortly before 5 a.m. and asked her who she was waiting for.

When she said "my husband," he put a knife to her back and forced her to a high school parking lot about two blocks away, where he made her empty her pockets.

Police say he then forced her to walk to a cemetery a few more blocks away near 50th Avenue and 87th Street, where he demanded she crawl under a fence or he would rape her.

That is where he sexually assaulted her before fleeing eastbound down Corona Avenue, police said.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

The suspect is described as being 25 to 30 years old with black spiked hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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