Suffolk County Police detectives are investigating the assault and rape of a woman in a wooded area on Long Island.
- All those disturbing crime in Suffolk County. A woman violently assaulted and then raped yesterday afternoon. The victim telling police she was walking on a trail in the woods in the Hamlet of Coram in Suffolk County when she noticed she was being followed. And then she says, she was attacked and raped. Police right now are looking for the monster who did this. Long Island reporter Kristin Thorne with the story. She's live in Coram for us. Kristin.
KRISTIN THORNE: Bill, this attack happened in broad daylight in this wooded area right behind me. We are just steps away from busy Route 112, which means there were a lot of people around when this happened. Some people I spoke with say unfortunately, they are not surprised that this happened. They say this is a high crime area.
STUART CAMERON: It's a very disturbing event for us for our department and we want to solve this case as soon as possible.
KRISTIN THORNE: Police say the man who raped a woman in this wooded area in Coram was incredibly violent. It happened yesterday in broad daylight, 1:45 in the afternoon. Police say the woman was walking on this cut through trail just steps away from busy Route 112 near Skip's Road.
STUART CAMERON: She reports that she observed an individual following her, a male following her. At some point, he jumped in front of her and grabbed her. That then resulted in an extremely violent assault to her where at one point, she was knocked unconscious and she was raped.
KRISTIN THORNE: David Cion says he knows the victim. He says he's been trying for years to get local leaders to address crime in the area.
DAVID CION: The homeless are in the area, they just drink and they hang out and sit in the woods and it's just seems to be OK around here. And now I got a young girl, 25 years old, 24 years old, she's almost got murdered. God only knows what could have happened.
KRISTIN THORNE: People surely were nearby when it happened, but no one has reported seeing anything. People did see the police response.
BARRINGTON BROWN: Busy. Busy. Busy. Drive our own but [inaudible] it say nothing to nobody, so we don't know what's going on.
- I'm definitely concerned because it's somebody who's been hurt. You know what I'm saying? So it's definitely a concern. But I guess I won't put it on the police but maybe if they got more police here, in this area.
KRISTIN THORNE: Police were in the area today patrolling on bike and by car and trying to locate potential witnesses.
STUART CAMERON: This is a very active investigation the detective Lieutenant reports to me that there is a tremendous amount of his staff and other staff from our police department working on it. It's an extremely high priority for us to solve this case.
KRISTIN THORNE: Cion says the woman was coming home from the laundry mat when this all happened. The laundromat is just right over here. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police say, she did not know the man who attacked her. Live in Coram, I'm Kristin Thorne Channel 7 Eyewitness News.