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Woman Pistol-Whipped, Nearly Raped By Driver Of Car She Mistook For Livery Cab, Police Say

The woman was treated for bruises to her face and torso after the harrowing ordeal. 

By Noah Hurowitz

An opportunistic, would-be rapist attacked a woman in Brooklyn after she accidentally got into his car, mistaking it for a livery cab, a police spokesman told Oxygen.com.

The suspect pounced early on the morning of Aug. 6, when the victim, a 39-year-old woman, got into the back of his car in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, police said.

Rather than telling the woman she had the wrong car, the brute drove her behind a fast food restaurant several blocks away, got into the back seat, pulled out a handgun, and began repeatedly pistol whipping the woman, police said.

The suspect then tried to rape the woman, but she successfully managed to fight him off, according to police. Once the woman thwarted his attempted rape, the driver got back behind the wheel and drove the victim to an undisclosed location and forced her from the car, leaving her to seek medical attention at a nearby hospital, where doctors treated her for bruising to her face and torso, according to a statement from police.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s with a thin build, was last seen wearing a baseball hat, a white T-shirt, and skinny jeans, according to police. Undated surveillance footage of the man released by the NYPD showed him hanging out by his car with a bottle in hand.

The NYPD asks anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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