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Man charged with rape at College Suites in Schenectady

Man charged with rape at College Suites in Schenectady

Man charged with rape at College Suites in Schenectady
College Suites at Washington Square on Wednesday
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY - A man has been arrested, accused of raping a woman at the College Suites at Washington Square last week, authorities said.

Q'arayone X. Lomack, 19, a previous resident of the suites, was arrested April 9 and charged with first-degree rape and second-degree burglary, felonies, along with misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

Lomack is accused of illegally entering a room there and attacking the woman around 9 a.m. April 9, forcibly holding her down, placing a blanket over her head and raping her, authorities said. Police records list his arrest time as 11:22 a.m., just over two hours after the attack.

City police based the charges on, among other evidence, video footage of the suspect and an oral admission from Lomack, according to police allegations filed in court.

Lomack had been a resident of the suites and was in the process of being evicted, prosecutor Tracey Brunecz said this week. He had to be out the same day the attack occurred, she said.

The victim did not know who her assailant was, Brunecz said. After Lomack was identified through the investigation, the victim indicated she knew of Lomack, but did not know him. 

Brunecz cited the surveillance video as helping lead to Lomack. He continued to be held at the Schenectady County Jail Wednesday on $15,000 bail.

The College Suites opened in September 2012 and is owned by United Group. The building has room to house 264 students and is located directly across Washington Avenue from Schenectady County Community College. 

A spokesman for the college said Lomack is not a current student at the school. The spokesman said he had no further information.

The United Group issued a statement on the incident.

"Our management team takes reported crimes seriously at our community, and we work closely with local law enforcement to assist in any investigation," the statement reads. "In this instance, our state-of-the-art video surveillance played a significant role in identifying and capturing the offender. The safety of our residents and guests are our top concern, and our thoughts go out to the victim and their family of this horrific crime."

College Suites was also the scene four years ago of a stabbing. A student was accused and later convicted of assault for injuring two people inside a residence there. That man, Henzlee Miranda, then 21, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.
 

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