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Drunk, Off-Duty NYPD Cop Raped Woman at Gunpoint, Police Say


"Be careful, he has a gun."

NYPD Officer Michael Pena is led away after being arrested for allegedly raping a woman at gunpoint in Manhattan Friday. (New York Daily News)

An off-duty police officer has been arrested and charged with forcibly raping a 25-year-old female teacher at gunpoint in a Manhattan backyard, according to the New York Daily News.

Police confirmed the suspect was Officer Michael Pena, 27, a 3-year veteran of the NYPD. He was placed on immediate suspension without pay.

"Be careful, he has a gun," the victim told officers responding to a 911 call from a neighbor.

Police said the woman was heading to work when Pena stopped her around 6:15 a.m. Friday, smelling strongly of alcohol and wearing casual clothes. He asked for directions for a nearby train and demanded she show him the way, police said.

When she hesitated, he put his arm around her then showed her the gun in his jacket and led her away.

"You're coming with me," he told her, according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

Browne said, "She knew he had a gun. She saw it on his hip and later in his hand."

After walking several blocks, police said Pena forced her down a driveway and behind a building, where he raped her.

A woman in another building heard the attack and placed two 911 calls to the police.

"The first time I suspected it was not consensual," the woman told the Daily News. "The second time because I saw he had a gun."

When police showed up, both Pena and the victim were still on the scene. The woman cried, "He raped me" as she ran up to them.

Officers tackled Pena, who had his NYPD badge and shield on him, and took him into custody.

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