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Reward Offered For Suspect In Brewster Rape Attempt

Hector G. Cruz-Diaz
Hector G. Cruz-Diaz Photo Credit: New York State Police

New York State Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward to help locate a man who is wanted for a burglary and attempted rape in Brewster in March 2016.

The reward, for information that leads to the location, arrest and conviction of Hector Cruz-Diaz, 35, was issued Thursday after New York State Police asked for help from the public in locating the Danbury, Connecticut resident.

The Brewster Village Court issued an arrest warrant in July for Cruz-Diaz, after he failed to appear in court, state police said.

Cruz-Diaz, who faces felony charges of attempted first-degree rape and second-degree burglary, is accused of entering a 24-year-old woman's home on Main Street on March 20, 2016, and trying to rape her, state police said.

An acquaintance of the victim, Cruz-Diaz fled the house prior to police arriving on the scene, police said.

Cruz-Diaz is a Hispanic male who is 5-foot-3 and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

He is also known to have previously lived in the Putnam County area.

Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Crime Stoppers Hot Line at 1-866-313-8477. All calls remain anonymous.

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