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May 29th, 2008


by Joelle Panisch

A 19 year-old woman was raped after being followed from the subway early Wednesday morning. According to police it was approximately 4:00 AM when the woman, returning from her job in Brooklyn, got off at the Spring St. station at Sixth Ave. The assailant followed her out of the subway, reportedly asking her for a cigarette before following her back to her Prince St. apartment building. It was there that the suspect threatened her with a box cutter, pushed her into the courtyard of her building and raped her.

The victim was reportedly taken to Bellevue hospital and later released. Police are still investigating. Surveillance video from the woman’s apartment shows the attacker to be a stout, African American male with a black cap, and a bright blue jacket. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described him as having a “pockmarked face.”

This is the second attack this year in the upscale neighborhood of SoHo. On April 13th a 25 year-old woman was assaulted in her Spring St. apartment after the attacker pushed through her door and attempted to rape her. Luckily the rape was halted when neighbors responded to her cries. The police say there is no evidence that the 2 crimes are connected.

One Soho resident calls the attacks, “shocking and frightening. It reminds you that you don’t just live in a safe little cocoon.”

As of now the NYPD crime stoppers are still offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any information on both the April 13th and May 28th attacks. If you have any information call the NYS Crime Stoppers Hotline at (866) 313-TIPS (8477) or go to

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