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Jackson Heights teen charged with raping, robbing female livery cab driver


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A 19-year-old has been accused of robbing, choking and raping a female livery cab driver in East Elmhurst this past weekend, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

The 32-year-old driver pulled up in front of 26-24 93rd St. sometime between 4 and 5 a.m. on Saturday when the passenger, Luis Barrija, of Jackson Heights, choked her and demanded her money, Brown said. While demanding the money Barrija said, “I am in a gang that robs and rapes people. I am the leader.”

The victim then handed over about $100 in cash and Barrija allegedly tried to pull her into the backseat of the cab while continuing to threaten her life.

Barrija then choked the victim with one hand and told her that he had a knife and would kill her if she did not listen to his demands, according to Brown. He then raped her.

The cab driver suffered bruising and redness on her neck, chest and wrists from the force used by Barrija, according to the charges.

“The allegations in this case chronicle a frightening ordeal of mental, physical and sexual violence. Hopefully the young woman who was brutally victimized will rest easier in knowing that her alleged rapist has been brought to justice and will be vigorously prosecuted,” Brown said. “However, even after the physical abuse has stopped, the psychological trauma caused by sexual assault can be severe and long lasting.”

Barrija is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on rape, robbery and assault charges. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Police searching for suspect who left sneaker behind after trying to rape woman in Briarwood    


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Police are hoping a lost shoe will help lead them to a suspect who allegedly tried to rape a woman in Briarwood last week.

The suspect approached the 26-year-old victim on Daniels Street near Hoover Avenue at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 24, threw her to the ground and said that he was going to rape her, according to authorities. The woman then fought back and the suspect fled.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect and a photo of the sneaker he left behind at the site of the attempted rape. He is described as Asian, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cops looking for suspect in Jackson Heights attempted rape


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A man followed a woman into her Jackson Heights apartment building last month and attempted to rape her, police said.

The attack happened at about 5 a.m. on June 6 near Roosevelt Avenue, according to authorities.

After following the victim, the suspect threw her to the ground before he tried to sexually assault her, police said. The woman did not sustain any injuries.

Police have released a video of the suspect, and describe him as Hispanic, in his 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve button down shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Queens woman raped while walking home: cops


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Police are looking for a suspect who raped a Queens woman as she was heading to her home Tuesday night.

The man approached the 32-year-old victim from behind at about 11:50 p.m. as she was on 46th Avenue in Corona, according to authorities and published reports.

He then took her into a corner, sprayed her in the face with an unknown substance and raped her, cops said. The suspect fled after the woman bit him.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition where she was treated and later released, according to police.

Authorities describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 180 pounds, with black hair that was in a ponytail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Suspect wanted in Astoria attempted rape


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A woman fought off an attempted rapist after the man attacked her as she was walking down an Astoria street Sunday, police said.

The 23-year-old victim was on 30th Avenue about 3:30 a.m. when the suspect approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground, cops said.

Once on the ground, the suspect attempted to rape the woman, according to police. She struggled with the man, who then fled.

The victim sustained cuts and scratched to her legs and buttocks during the incident, but refused medical attention on scene, the NYPD said.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5’7″ tall and 145 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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DNA links man to two 1997 Richmond Hill rapes


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A 55-year-old man already serving a prison sentence for a burglary charge was tied through DNA evidence to two separate Richmond Hill rapes dating back to 1997, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Johnny Dupree was indicted Monday and charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sodomy, according to the district attorney. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Dupree is currently serving a sentence of 16 years to life for pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in 2000.

A DNA sample collected after Dupree’s conviction was positively matched to DNA evidence gathered from the rape victims and crime scenes, Brown said. Though the evidence had been previously tested, more sophisticated techniques, that were not available at the time of the crimes, conclusively matched the DNA to Dupree.

“My office’s DNA Prosecutions Unit has been systematically reviewing every unsolved sexual assault in Queens County dating back to 1996 – which is as far as the statute of limitations permits,” Brown said.

Dupree is accused of entering both of the women’s apartments, ages 23 and 24, in the middle of the night while they were asleep and raping them at knifepoint, according to the district attorney.

 

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Cops looking for suspect who tried to rape Ozone Park woman at knifepoint


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A man tried to rape a woman at knifepoint inside her Ozone Park apartment Friday morning, then cut his victim as she stopped his attack, police said.

The suspect gained entry inside the 27-year-old victim’s home around 10 a.m., placed a pocket knife to her neck and told the woman to take her clothes off, according to police. The victim complied and undressed, but then, in a struggle with the suspect, was able to wrestle away his knife.

He then pulled out a second pocketknife and cut the victim on her left wrist and right ring finger, police said. The suspect was able to take back the first pocket knife before fleeing the apartment in an unknown direction.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his early 20′s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black hoodie with white letters and blue long johns.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Two Queens men indicted on sex trafficking charges


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Two Queens men have been indicted in separate sex trafficking cases for allegedly forcing teen girls to work as prostitutes, District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday.

Peter Gerardi, 28, of Forest Hills, and Christopher Stephensbush, 20, of Richmond Hill, have both been arraigned on kidnapping, prostitution, rape, sex trafficking and other charges, according to the district attorney.

“The defendants are both accused of enslaving three young girls, raping them and forcing them to work as prostitutes. They allegedly forced the girls to turn all of their money over to them,” said Brown.

Gerardi is accused of threatening his 13-year-old victim when she wanted to stop prostituting herself for him. He also allegedly had a 16-year-old work for him as a prostitute through threats of physical violence, according to Brown. Gerardi allegedly had sex with both his victims.

Stephensbush allegedly met his 15-year-old victim while she was taking the bus to school one morning. He is accused of bringing her back to his apartment and not letting her leave until she agreed to work as a prostitute, said Brown. He allegedly raped her several times before temporarily letting her go. He then allegedly made her earn money for him again as a prostitute on multiple occasions.

If convicted, both face up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Man accused of raping and burning woman in Flushing


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Police are hunting for a man accused of raping a woman inside his car in Flushing before burning her hair and clothes before she fled.

Wu Lin, 35, allegedly sexually assaulted a 31-year-old woman about 10 p.m. on Dec. 4, the NYPD said. The incident took place in Kissena Park at 165-14 Booth Memorial Avenue, police said.

Lin and the victim knew each other, police said.

Lin was described by police as Asian with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-7, weighing roughly 140 pounds.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

 

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Police search for suspect in Richmond Hill attempted rape


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The police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to an alleged attempted rape in Richmond Hill.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, July 5, at approximately 3:15 a.m., the 21-year-old victim was walking near 115th Street and 85th Avenue when she was approached by the suspect who grabbed her from behind, threw her onto the floor and attempted to rape her. Upon seeing a car pass in the street the suspect fled the area.

The police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5’9″ tall, 180 pounds and with a medium complexion.

The NYPD has released a video of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Former Queens teacher pleads guilty to rape of student


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A Queens middle school teacher charged with statutory rape has pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced to six months in jail as part of a plea deal, officials said.

Daniel Reilly, 36, admitted to having sex multiple times at his Forest Hills home with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“As a teacher and an adult, the defendant was in a position of power to know better,” Brown said. “Children should be able to remain children.”

Reilly, a former sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. He was also charged in April with committing a second-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sexual abuse.

Those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said.

The bargain was also meant to spare the victim from testifying.

Reilly, a married father, will be sentenced on July 22 to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation, according to Brown. He faced up to seven years in prison at the time of his arraignment.

He will also have to give up his teaching license, register on the state’s sex offender registry and take a sex offender reform program.

“This case should serve as a clear and unmistakable warning that law enforcement is prepared under any circumstances to apprehend and prosecute sexual predators who betray and defile youngsters,” Brown said.

The relationship between Reilly and the teen, which began last August, surfaced when her sister found sexually explicit text messages on her phone, the district attorney said.

Reilly, who made close to $62,000 a year, resigned last week from the Flushing school where he worked for six years, a Department of Education spokesperson said.

 

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Outrage over teacher’s alleged sex romp with student


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The Queens middle school teacher charged with statutory rape was a popular, fun educator who shared details about his personal life with his class, students said.

“He was actually a really cool teacher,” said a former student. “He was funny. He joked around with us a lot.”

Daniel Reilly, a sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237, is accused of having sex multiple times since last November with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, authorities said.

The 36-year-old married father from Forest Hills was charged with rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse at his arraignment on Tuesday, April 9, according to the district attorney.

“This case is particularly disturbing,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “Schools should be safe havens for children. Instead, this defendant is accused of sexually preying upon one of his former students and rendezvousing with her at his residence.”

A criminal complaint details several incidents in which Reilly and the victim lay naked in bed together and engaged in sexual activities in his home.

I.S. 237 in Flushing where Reilly is a sixth grade English teacher. (THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan)

The relationship, which allegedly continued for more than nine months, surfaced when the victim’s sister found sexually explicit text messages on her phone, Brown said.

Reilly was arrested on April 8 at 8 p.m. in Forest Hills, said cops.

The educator, who makes close to $62,000 a year, has taught at the Flushing school for six years, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Education said. He was immediately reassigned out of the school, and there were no prior investigations.

Reilly posted bail for $30,000, according to the district attorney. The educator is ordered to return to court on May 6. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Students said Reilly was open with his personal life, telling his class how “goofy” he was in high school as well as his time in the U.S. Navy.

Reilly is also a new father, according to teens who knew him, and welcomed a baby daughter to the world last year.

“That’s pretty unacceptable,” said Mike Chen, whose 14-year-old son attends the school. “Something like that is every parent’s nightmare.”

Reilly’s wife and mother-in-law leave court with his lawyer. (Photo: NY Daily News)

 

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Jogger tasered, sexually assaulted in Forest Park


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A woman was struck with a stun gun and then sexually assaulted Friday while jogging in a Queens park, police said.

The 23-year-old victim was taken to the hospital for neck injuries after the March 29 attack in Forest Park at about 7:30 p.m.

Police are looking for a white male suspect, who is between 35 to 40 years old.

He is described as being 5’9” and having a medium build, with reddish/brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a gold hoop earring, a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and navy blue track pants.

DNA clears man of rape charges


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A Queens man locked up for nine months on charges of attempted rape and sex abuse has been exonerated after DNA retrieved from the victim’s sweater did not match up to his, a defense attorney said.

Kenneth King, 41, was arrested last September for the attempted rape and sex abuse of a woman who was thrown over a guardrail along the Cross Island Parkway near 148th Street in Whitestone.

The early morning attack was foiled by former Marine Bryan Teichman, 31, who sprinted over to the struggle and scared off a man who was on top of the victim with his hand over her mouth. Teichman said the suspect was pushing her head into the dirt while tearing at her clothes.

King spent almost one year behind bars at Rikers Island for the crime after an eyewitness identified him in a photo lineup. But the case was strewn with deficiencies, said King’s lawyer Scott Dufault.

The perpetrator was described in police reports in March as having blue eyes and light hair with salt and pepper streaks on the top of his head and in his beard, Dufault said. But King, he said, has hazel eyes and dark brown hair.

Dufault said the eyewitness who identified King in the lineup also kept choosing another individual out of six possible suspects.

“That wasn’t too impressive as an identification,” Dufault said, adding that the victim never identified King herself.

The case against King was dismissed on July 10 after DNA test results cleared him of the crime, Dufault said.

King was released soon after, but Dufault said the wrongly accused suspect is struggling to get back to his former life after losing his job as a plumber’s assistant, a position he held for 13 years.

His grandmother also entered a nursing home during the nine months he was gone.

“That was difficult,” Dufault said. “He was her primary caregiver.”

Police said the investigation to find the perp responsible is ongoing.

The Queens District Attorney’s office said the case was sealed and did not disclose further information.