By Geoffrey Croft
Police are investigating the rape of an 18-year-old black woman in Crotona Park early Thursday morning.
Investigators say the attack happened as the woman was walking through the park at around 4:45 a.m.
Police sources say a man approached the woman, grabbed her hair, punched her in the face, threw her down on the ground and raped her.
The victim transported herself to the hospital.
The suspect is described a Hispanic male, age 25-30, approximately 5'9 not fit. He was wearing a dark shirt, jeans and work boots.
The incident occurred inside the park not far from Fulton Ave. and Crotona Park North.