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Alleged Rape Victim Testifies In Littlejohn Trial

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A woman allegedly abducted and raped in a case similar to that of grad student Imette St. Guillen testified Tuesday in the murder trial of former bouncer Darryl Littlejohn.

Just four months before Imette St. Guillen was allegedly taken in a van and sexually assaulted by accused murderer Daryl Littlejohn, a Japanese student says she suffered a similar experience.

The woman testified Tuesday that on the morning of October 16th, 2005 as she was walking home in Queens, a bald black man wearing a uniform approached her in a sedan and asked her for identification.

The student who was in New York on a visa said, "He looked like an officer and I was asked for an ID. I thought he might be an immigration officer or something related."

The woman said he then got out of the car, put his arm around her and handcuffed her in the back. She said when she screamed, he told her to shut up and pushed her into the backseat. She said he pointed a gun at her, covered her face with a jacket and drove down Queens Boulevard.

The Japanese native said she told the man "Please don't kill me. I have money."

She said she was taken to what seemed like a basement of a house, where she was sexually assaulted.

The woman said "A knit cap was placed over my head wrapped with duct tape...I could breathe. I could not see."

The student, who was 21 at the time, was never able to pick Littlejohn out of a lineup.

"My client has scars on his face and a tattoo that's very noticeable under his eye and that's something that one would expect that she would have noticed and had them put either in the sketch or at least mentioned it," said Defense Attorney Joyce David.

St. Guillen's face was also wrapped with duct tape. Littlejohn is charged with killing the 24-year-old graduate student after he allegedly took her in a van from a SoHo bar where he worked as a bouncer.

Prosecutors say he raped St. Guillen and dumped her body in an empty lot in East New York. Last week, another woman testified that she was abducted in a van by Littlejohn as she walked home four years ago, but managed to escape.

Littlejohn was convicted in that case. His defense didn't want either witness to testify.

"We argued strenuously that they were not relevant in this case, and were just merely prejudicial," said David.

The Japanese woman said after being assaulted, the rapist put a T-shirt and pants on her, that belonged to someone else and took her back home. Prosecutors are expected to call a DNA expert to the stand to link the clothes to Littlejohn's mother.

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