Woman raped while walking to work in Queens, sketch of the suspect released

A man violently raped a woman while she was walking along the Horace Harding Expressway in Queens Sunday morning, according to police.

The woman was walking along the Horace Harding Expressway near 168th Street in Fresh Meadows shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday when a stranger grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground and raped her on the sidewalk before running off, officials say.

The suspect is believed to be a black man in his 40s. He is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with a slim build. He was clean shaven with short hair, according to police. He was wearing jeans and a black long-sleeved shirt at the time of the attack.

Sources said the woman moved to the U.S. from China a few months ago and was on the phone with her sister back home when the alleged assault occurred. She then called her son to meet her, and he reported the incident to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be submitted online or via text message by sending TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are confidential.

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