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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Police are hunting a rapist described as having ‘hamster-like cheeks’ and elongated teeth who strangled a woman and threatened her with a knife in a Haringey park.
These images show a man they would like to talk to in connection with the incident which happened on 9 September 2012.
Between 2am and 3am, the victim - a sex worker in her 40s -approached the man on Green Lanes and asked him if he was looking for business.
The man asked to go somewhere more secluded and they walked to Chestnuts Park, off St Ann’s Road, where he forced her to the floor and strangled her until she passed out.
When she regained consciousness, he threatened to stab her and she set off her rape alarm. The suspect dragged her along by her hair for a short distance. He then took the rape alarm from her, either burying or disabling it.
He then sexually assaulted and raped her. Afterwards, he walked off in an unknown direction.
The man is described as black, about 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with short afro hair and a London accent. He is also described as having hamster-like cheeks, with a round face, prominent cheek bones and elongated front teeth, and looking aged in his 20s.
It is believed that he was wearing jeans at the time of the incident.
CCTV from outside a shop on Green Lanes, which shows a man with the victim moments before she was attacked, has been released by detectives.
Investigating officer, Det Con Karl Dines of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “The victim was utterly traumatised by this nasty attack and continues to receive support from specialists.
“We want to speak to this man in connection with the incident, so I urge anyone who recognises him or thinks they may know who he is to contact us or Crimestoppers now.”
Anyone with information should call the Homicide and Serious Crime Command on 020 8345 3819 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.