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[UPDATE] Cops hunt Long Island City rape suspects

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Police are looking for three suspects in connection with the ambush and rape of a woman in Long Island City.

According to police, the 20-year-old victim — who is from the neighborhood — was walking along Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in L.I.C. at approximately 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 4 when she was grabbed by two of the suspects and dragged to a nearby parking lot. There, she was held down between parked cars and raped by a third man.

The suspects fled the scene, while the woman was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.

The victim caught a glimpse of the man who raped her and described him as a white male, between 25-30 years of age, 5-feet-10-inches tall with dirty blonde hair and light-colored eyes.

Police are urging anyone with information on the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

As the manhunt goes on, officials are asking residents in the area to be watchful and to contact police if they recognize the suspect’s sketch. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer said that while it is an isolated occurrence, this tragic act of violence will not go unpunished.

“People are rightfully shocked that such an act can take place in this neighborhood,” said Van Bramer, whose district borders where the incident took place. “Every woman should be safe everywhere at anytime, regardless of what time of night it is. These people will be caught and rightfully prosecuted.”

Jesse Winter, an artist in the neighborhood, said that like others in the area, hearing about the horrible incident made him angry and sad.

“We need to remember that it can happen anywhere, even in neighborhoods we consider safe,” he said. “I hope the L.I.C. community can be vigilant and supportive of one another and never forget how fragile our sense of security is. I hope some kind of justice can be achieved, although it will never be enough. My thoughts are with the brave person who has to now live this.”

The Industry Arrives in Long Island City

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Photo Courtesy of Modern Spaces

The expansion of LIC continues. On October 19, Eric Benaim and Ted Kokkoris of Modern Spaces hosted at a premier party to announce that the real estate firm is now marketing The Industry – a condo developed by Silvercup Studios. Guests packed the space at 21-45 44th Drive and were treated to music by DJ Cerok, food by LIC Market and photography by Jesse Winter.

This luxury 76-unit condominium apartment building in vibrant LIC was developed by Stuart and Alan Suna, founders of Silvercup Studios – the city’s largest full-service film & television production facility. The studio is also in LIC and it’s iconic sign can be seen from The Industry’s magnificent rooftop.

With beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, modern amenities, a landscaped rooftop terrace, and state-of-the-art fitness center, The Industry has everything you need for luxury living in historic, exciting LIC. Check out www.theindustrylic.com for more info.