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Quinn speaks about recent rape in Brooklyn

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Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn spoke about the sexual assault of a woman in Brooklyn last week, which may have been a bias attack based on the victim's sexual orientation.

Police say the victim was walking on Java Street between Manhattan Avenue and McGuiness Boulevard in the Greenpoint section when she was approached by the suspect who attempted to strike up a conversation with just after midnight Sunday.   

The suspect, armed with a knife, pulled her down onto the sidewalk and sexually assaulted the 26-year-old victim. According to published reports, the suspect told her it was because of her sexual orientation.

The woman was taken to Woodhull Hospital in stable condition.

Quinn along with Council member Stephen Levin issued a joint statement:

"Sunday's vicious sexual assault of a young woman in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is disturbing news in the safest big City in the world. We are deeply troubled by reports that the survivor of this attack may have been targeted because of her sexual orientation. New York City's greatest strength is our diversity, but in recent months, there has been an unacceptable increase in hate crimes."

Police say the suspect is a male White, or Hispanic, 25-35 years old, 5'9" tall with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a black tee short with an unknown design on the front, blue jeans and was carrying a knapsack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

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