By Victoria Merlino and Jonathan Sperling
An Ozone Park man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for raping a 40-year-old woman at gunpoint for several hours.
George Persaud, 24, first approached the woman on Dec. 29, 2018 around 11:45 p.m. on 93rd Street in Jamaica. He showed the victim what appeared to be a black gun and said, “Don’t do anything stupid or I’ll kill you.” He then proceeded to sexually assault her.
After pulling out the gun, Persaud forced the woman to a nearby gas station where he forced her to perform a sex act. At one point, Persaud seemed to let the woman leave, but as she moved away he followed her to her vehicle, forced her into the back of the car and forced her again to perform a sex act and raped her.
The woman managed to escape from Persaud after he drove the two of them to an alleyway on 100th Street and left the car to relieve himself. Persaud took the keys to the car and locked the victim inside, but the victim had a spare set in her purse and managed to drive away. Persaud’s fingerprints were later retrieved from the interior rear driver’s side window of the victim’s car.
“I’m a dirty rapist. That is clearly me, I guess I raped her,” Persaud allegedly told detectives before he was charged.
“In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to raping a woman he encountered on the street,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan in a statement. “The defendant displayed what appeared to be a firearm and repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim for several hours, until the woman was able to flee. The defendant’s actions were disgusting and unacceptable in a civilized society. The term of incarceration ordered by the Court is appropriate and I hope gives the victim some comfort knowing he will be locked away for a long time.”