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Greek-American Arrested in Attempted Rape in Astoria

NEW YORK – An 18 year old woman was almost raped in Astoria, and both the alleged attacker and the hero were Greek-Americans according to a report by CBS News.

The incident took place at the end of January and the accused perpetrator is 25-year-old George Vassiliou, who resides in Long Island City. He reportedly followed and attacked an 18-year-old former colleague, coming into conflict with her mother and her neighbor, Gus Bougas, who rushed to help her.

As Adriana Alvarez, the mother of the 18-year-old, told CBS, everything happened on the morning of January 23, when Vassiliou, who had followed the young woman to her home, broke into the apartment building and grabbed her when she returned home after taking the dogs out for a walk.

Adriana Alvarez said she heard “just the most horrific scream you can think of. It just … a stump and a scream… I run out and I see her being dragged by this man down the fourth floor.” The incident was recorded by the apartment building’s closed-circuit surveillance system.

Alvarez said she did not waste any time – she attacked the perpetrator without thinking, in order to protect her daughter, resulting in an uneven physical battle raging from the 4th to the 1st floor.

The screams and noise reached the neighbors, with Bougas realizing what was happening and rushing to help, engaging in a physical altercation with the perpetrator, whom he attempted to immobilize until the police arrived.

Bougas said of the young woman, “she came running out of the building, started screaming my name.” Bougas attacked Vassiliou, who, in the meantime had exited the apartment building.

“We were touching, pushing each other,” Bougas said. “I put my foot in front and threw him on the floor and landed on top of him. Tried to keep him restrained until the cops came.” The police arrested and charged Vassiliou.

The mother said, “I had an orbital eye fracture… I still have no feeling. There is a nerve damage. I had a dislocated shoulder, dislocated elbow.”

But as CBS noted, “she’s alive and eternally grateful to her neighbor,” Alvarez saying, “he’s definitely my hero… God forbid if he wasn’t here, he would have ran away again.”

(Material from CBS News was used in this report)

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