Man sought in rape and attempted murder of 16-year-old East New York girl

July 19, 2013 Heather Chin
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Police are asking for help in finding a man who allegedly raped, strangled and tried to murder a 16-year-old girl in her East New York apartment building on Sunday, July 14.

Antonio Owensford, 26, is said to have teamed up with building resident Anwar Desouza, 24, in luring the girl up to the roof, where they raped and assaulted her before throwing her off the three-story building at around 4 a.m.

The unnamed girl survived the fall and was taken to Brookdale Hospital with injuries to her leg, arm, back and neck.

Desouza was caught and charged with attempted murder, assault, rape, a criminal sex act, and strangulation. Owensford is still on the loose.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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