Searching #Greenpoint on twitter this morning the first five tweets are $2200 2Br apartment listings and locals complaining about the rainy weather and parking.
Last night it was a different and much scarier story. After 11pm the #Greenpoint twitter feed was flooded with residents wondering why helicopters were flying overhead – pointing to three – at that time unconfirmed – sexual assaults in the area.
During those moments I also got a text from a contributor about helicopters, over 20 police officers and K9 units deployed near her home on Nassau Ave and Sutton St – apparently searching for someone. She believed they were using infrared technology because the search light on the helicopter was off.
At that time the Newsmap on Gothamist reported a Home Invasion on Nassau around 11:30pm and earlier ABC Local reported a Home Invasion and Sexual Assault on Berry St in Williamsburg around 8pm.
NBC reported on the same story NOT calling it a sexual assault, and their story this morning reads that the suspect “knocked on [the Berry St women’s] door and threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him money, then forced his way in, took his clothes off and beat her … There was no report of a sexual assault.”
Why did her take his clothes off? And did he put them back on before he fled the scene?
Soon @alwaysactions, a twitter newsfeed, reported three Home Invasions in the 94th Precinct – on Berry St, Engert St & Nassau Ave (with exact addresses) – all tied to the same perpetrator presumably.
This morning, the same story on ABC Local was updated to read that last night’s Home Invasion Sexual Assault Suspect for all three locations was caught and is being questioned:
In the first attack, the suspect allegedly pushed his way into a third-floor Berry Street apartment home and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The incident happened around 7:50 p.m.
Police say the suspect pushed his way in and struck the woman, in her 20s, in the head. He also attempted to sexually assault her before stealing her iPhone and fleeing the apartment. The woman was taken to Woodhull Hospital in stable condition.
Police say the same suspect then pushed his way into an apartment on Engert Avenue in Greenpoint at 10 p.m. He is also believed to be behind an attack on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint at 10:30 p.m. The victim in that case told police a man followed her to her third-floor apartment and grabbed her.
It’s bad enough that Greenpoint women must worry about their safety walking home at night, but to be concerned while behind closed doors is extremely unsettling. We can take some comfort in knowing that the suspect was caught. Even so the spike in crime in the 94th precinct recently is alarming and many locals are wondering, “What is going on in Greenpoint?”
Stay safe, Greenpoint.