Thursday, March 25, 2010

ATTENTION: Possible Armed Serial Rapist in Central Brooklyn

**For Immediate Release**

March 25, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Armed Sexual Assaults Indicate Possible Serial Rapist in Central Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, NY) A man is wanted for two sexual assaults in Brooklyn, which happened near Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street. The sketch below of the rapist was released by police.

Tuesday’s armed attack of a 42-year-old, near Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street mirrors the sexual assault that occurred on March 16 when an armed man approached a 56-year-old women. He took both of his victims to isolated areas, raped them and struck them on the head with a firearm before fleeing on foot. This rapist attacked during the early morning hours, as well as in the late afternoon.

“In light of two recent sexual attacks that occurred in the ‘border district’ between the 79th and 88th Police Precincts, a possible gap in NYPD coverage is cause for concern. I call for an undercover detail in that area, and well as increased early morning patrols at transit facilities, including the Franklin shuttle, and C train. This attacker seems to be aware of the black hole in policing that exists on the edge of Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant,” said Council Member James.

Police described Tuesday’s attacker as 25 to 35; between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11; 160 to 180 pounds; wearing a green jacket, dark pants, and white sneakers. The cases are under investigation by Brooklyn’s Special Victims Unit.

“In light of the recent sexual assaults and muggings that have occurred over the past few weeks on our streets, the CLEXY (Classon, Lexington, and Quincy Block Association) group is urging Police Commissioner Kelly to increase the police presence in the 88th Precinct. We are in desperate need of more foot patrol, particularly during the late night, early morning shift,” said Laura Benko, vice president of CLEXY.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website (it seems to be down as of 7:40PM today) or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.


Anonymous said...

How come the lot on Gates where this happened still has no fence?!?

Aja Worthy-Davis said...

I think you're referring to the PS56 courtyard? I believe that the gate that exists around the yard was open for some reason, which allowed the assailant to enter with the victim.