The usually paradisaical (and naked) beaches of Cherry Grove on Fire Island were targeted by a gun-toting rapist early Sunday morning. Police sources tell Newsday (paywall) a man armed with a silver handgun sexually assaulted and beat her on the beach around 5:30 a.m. The unidentified victim described her assailant as a 30 year old Latino, 5'5", with a thin build, short black hair and a thin mustache.
The Daily News sources say the sexual assault stopped short of rape, and that the attacker gave up and fled because she was screaming. The woman had reportedly been partying with friends at bars in Cherry Grove but was alone on the beach when the attack occurred. Suffolk detectives are investigating the attack, and are asking anyone with information to call the department's Fifth Precinct detective squad at 631-854-8552 or phone the Crime Stoppers tipline at 800-220-TIPS.