Suspect released in Canarsie rape

Police say they have released a suspect in the rape of a 19-year-old Sunday in Canarsie after witnesses did not pick him out of a lineup.



An unidentified black man in his 20s allegedly forced the teen into an alley on Rockaway Parkway at gunpoint before sexually assaulting her, according to officials.



The suspect was wearing a white tank top and blue Hawaiian shorts.



Surveillance video from a nearby store appears to show a man matching the police description of the suspect walking in the neighborhood moments before the attack.



A police source tells News 12 that the person of interest is a Canarsie resident. Community activists have called for increased police presence in the neighborhood to deter crime.



Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.


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