Police have released a sketch and surveillance video of the suspect in the Brooklyn alley rape of a 19-year-old woman last weekend, and say the man stalked two other women within hours of each other and he may actually live in the neighborhood.
The man in the video allegedly approached the 19-year-old victim as she walking southbound on Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie just after midnight Sunday, Aug. 30, police said. He told her he had a gun and pulled her into an alley, where he raped her.
He then ran away northbound on Rockaway Parkway, police said. The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Soon afterward, the suspect followed another woman on East 100th Street and told her to come with him, police said. He ran off when she refused.
But the crime spree actually started three hours earlier, according to police, when he followed another woman for two blocks starting at 98th Street, then threatened her with a gun and ordered her to get off her phone. The 27-year-old woman, who was talking to her boyfriend, told the suspect, "What are you gonna do, shoot me?," prompting him to run off, police said.
A Crime Stoppers van was parked Wednesday night at Avenue M and Rockaway Parkway, half a block from where the rape occurred, and blared information about the suspect while detectives canvassed the neighborhood.
"It's scary to know, we never had anything like this in this neighborhood," said Marsha Topol.
The suspect is described as about 5 feet 6 inches and about 135 pounds. He was wearing blue and white Hawaiian shorts and a white tank top, and he had his face covered with a t-shirt, police said.
Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the sketch or in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.