A Queens father remains on the run in New York City for allegedly raping three teenage girls during slumber parties hosted by his daughter at his home.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) launched a manhunt on Friday for Dwayne Gordon, 41, after he reportedly drugged and sexually attacked three of his daughter's 13-year-old friends in their Springfield Gardens home, just north of John F. Kennedy International Airport, between October 2020 to May 2021 during sleepovers.

One victim recalled Gordon forcibly administering a white pill to her mouth, causing her to be incapacitated, reported the New York Post.

Gordon, who was last seen on May 21, has been described by police as a Black man who stood approximately 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighed approximately 180 pounds. He also has brown eyes, short black hair, and was said to carry a Jamaican accent, Law&Crime noted.

Dr. Jodi Gold, an adult and pediatric psychologist, urged parents to ensure their children's safety during sleepovers and stays at someone else's home by establishing trust and relationships with the other parents.

“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time, you can send your daughters and sons off to sleepovers and feel very safe,” Gold said. “Before your child ever has a sleepover, whether they are 12 or whether they’re 17, you should have a conversation with the parents.”

Parenting expert Julie Ross agrees with Gold's sentiments, stressing the importance of establishing a text code between parents and their children, according to CBS New York.

“You’re uncomfortable, no questions asked, and they’re coming to get you,” Gold, who prefers "late-overs" instead of sleepovers, said. "[Parents] can go and pick [their kids] up at 11 or 12 o’clock, and many parents of younger teens will say there’s no reason for the sleepover.”

Both Gold and Ross noted the need for parents to talk to their children. Parents must toughen up and educate the kids about uncomfortable topics, such as pedophilia, rape, and sexual assaults, to help their young ones know how to get away with danger, the experts said.

Authorities are asking for any information that can help lead to Gordon's whereabouts and arrest, urging members of the public to alert sightings of the suspect by calling NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Dwayne Gordon
The New York Police Department has launched a manhunt on Friday for suspect Dwayne Gordon in connection to rape cases in the Springfield Section in Queens between October 2020 to May 2021. PIXABAY

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