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Search for second suspect in Queens sexual assaults

July 1, 2012 8:50:37 PM PDT
From May through June, from Forest Hills to Corona, police believe there is a serial rapist on the loose. Worse yet, it appears he has found a brutal partner to join him.

New mother Vanessa Colwell has seen the fliers and has even taken pictures of the wanted men to send to her friends so they can be aware and vigilant.

According to police, the most recent attack happened in Corona on June 22. A 20-year-old woman was walking along Lefrak City when she was sexually assaulted.

She says she first fought off this man, only to have a second man throw her to the ground and attempt to rape her. She was able to escape with only cuts and bruises.

The suspect is new to police, but not to 20-year-old Ibrahina Ragis. Detectives believe he is responsible for three other sex assaults in Forest Hills recently.

In those attacks, authorities say he used a knife and jumped his victims just as they were about to enter their homes. The suspect would rape, or try to rape then rob the women. In the most recent attack in Corona it appears he is now armed with a partner.

All of the assaults happened during the early morning hours. Many residents in the neighborhood fear violent crime is on the rise, and they want more surveillance cameras.

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