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Police: Man Arrested for Rape in Cherry Grove

Edgar Peralta, 24, is charged with first-degree rape stemming from incident last Sunday.

A Cherry Grove man has been arrested on a rape charge after police say he sexually assaulted a woman on the Fire Island hamlet last Sunday. 

Edgar Peralta, 24, also of Queens, is charged with first-degree rape stemming from the on the beach in Cherry Grove around 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 4. 

Police responded to the beach located on the ocean side of the Fire Island community after witnesses reported a woman screaming for help. A woman reported a man, armed with a silver handgun, beat and sexually assaulted her.

Peralta is being held in jail pending an arraignment scheduled for Sunday in First District Court in Central Islip.

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