Police are searching for a man who attempted to rape two 27-year-old women in Astoria on Friday night. The suspect followed the two women into their apartment building on 21st St. and (??) Ave., pushed them to the ground, told them to "be quiet, I have a gun", then attempted to rape them.
Fortunately, a 2nd floor resident heard the commotion and came to the building's lobby causing the suspect to flee. Both women were hospitalized with minor injuries and the dirtbag is still on the loose.
Police have described the suspect as a male African American between 20-25 years-old, 6' tall and 185lbs.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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