A man pretending to be a taxi driver picked up a woman and her three kids early Sunday morning and drove them to a secluded location behind an Elmhurst
building, where he attempted to sexually assault the woman. According to the NYPD, the suspect picked up the family at 207th Street in Manhattan around 2:45 a.m., and, claiming to be a cab driver, took them to 79-00 Queens Boulevard. The children are ages 1, 3, and 5.
Police say he parked his vehicle in the rear of the location and then attacked the woman. "The driver attempted to sexually assault the victim with the three children in the auto," the NYPD said in a statement. "While the victim was attempting to get out of the auto, the suspect elbowed the 5-year-old in the head and forcibly removed the 3-year-old from the auto before fleeing the scene."
The children were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries.
Police describe the suspect as a male Hispanic in his 40s. At the time of the assault he was wearing a dark blue sweat suit with white stripes, had an earring in his right ear and had manicured eye brows. Investigators say he spoke Spanish.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.