Posted by: vote4claxton | July 12, 2008

QUEENS SERIAL SEX OFFENDERS

Police were looking Thursday night for two men responsible for three separate sexual assaults in Queens over the last few days.

The perpetrator of a fourth unrelated sexual assault in Queens remains unidentified.

Police released Thursday a sketch of a man, pictured above on the left, who they say is responsible for two of the sexual assaults in Queens over the last few days and they’re now offering a $12,000 reward for his conviction.

Police say in both cases the man approached his victims at bus stops.

The first attack happened Tuesday at about 2 a.m. when investigators say a 23-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop on Edgewood Avenue in Laurelton was forced behind a nearby building and sexually assaulted.

Then Thursday at about 2 a.m., an 18-year-old was approached in Springfield Gardens.

Police say the suspect threatened the teen with a knife and forced her behind a building on 137th Avenue and Belknap Street where he raped her.

In both cases the suspect wore a T-shirt that victims describe as having a tribal pattern with skulls and a rose on it.

Police are still investigating two other sexual assaults in the area.

Authorities believe another man, pictured above on the right, is responsible for an attack that occurred behind a church in St. Albans. A 16-year-old girl was threatened with a box cutter and forced to perform a sexual act. That suspect has been linked to at least seven other attacks in the area.

Another $12,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the conviction of the second suspect.

There was also an attack early Thursday near Kennedy Airport on South Conduit Avenue. In that case, police are not offering any information on a suspect. But they do say, at this time, the case is not linked to any of the other attacks in the borough.

Queens resident Marquez Claxton of the group 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement Who Care wanted to see more police patrols in the area.

“Clearly in southeast Queens there needs to be increased manpower from the police department,” said Claxton.

“It’s definitely gonna change my routine at night,” said local Neijma Jardine. “That’s definitely a bigger risk for me.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

He also said that police should communicate more quickly and more often when such crime patterns emerges.

“We really shouldn’t have to find out about a crime pattern, whether a rape pattern or a robbery pattern, by picking up the news when the fourth or fifth victim has been victimized. That is unacceptable,” said Claxton.

As police continued their search, any locals were afraid of having the suspects loose in the neighborhood.

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