Police Hunt for Suspect After Rape in Brownsville Park


BROWNSVILLE – Police are searching for the man who raped a 20-year-old woman in a Brownsville park over the weekend.

Around 2:20 am on Saturday, December 1, the victim was near the intersection of Herzel Street and Dumont Avenue at Betsy Head Park when she was approached by the suspect, said police.

The man attempted to engage the victim in conversation before grabbing her by the arm and dragging her into the park, where he raped her, police said.

Afterward, the man stole the victim’s purse and fled northbound on Herzel Street. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital.

Surveillance video of the suspect can be seen below:

This is the second rape in a Brooklyn park in recent weeks, after an attack at Prospect Park in November.

Police have arrested and charged a suspect in that case, Mowngly Lucas, 28, of Queens, after releasing additional surveillance video.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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