sexual assault

Groper At Large in Greenpoint

The Greenpoint Groper
The Greenpoint Groper, via the NYPD

When it comes to sexual assault, it has been a devastating week here in Greenpoint. First, the NYPD apprehended a man who attempted to violently rape a Greenpoint woman, and now police are on the hunt for a man who groped a woman on Eckford Street and Meserole Avenue just before 2:30am on June 10th, and then forcibly touched another woman on June 21st near Meserole Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard.

The man approached both women via scooter, dismounted, and forcibly groped each on the sidewalk, then fled the scene.

Police request the public’s help in the investigation, and describe the suspect as “short and wearing a dark-colored jacket, a hat and carrying a bag with two stripes on it…his scooter is dark in color with a light on the front.”

If you have information regarding the investigation, call Crime Stoppers as 1-800-577-TIPS

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Break-in and Attempted Rape in Greenpoint Yesterday

Wanted Poster
Via the 94th Precinct

Police are searching for a man in his mid-20s who forced his way into a 37-year-old woman’s apartment by Kingsland and Meeker Avenues yesterday afternoon, June 21st, and tried to rape her.

After knocking on her door, the man forced his way inside the apartment, pushed her into the bedroom, claimed he had a knife in his bag, and demanded sexual favors.

The Greenpoint woman punched her attacker and tried to flee, but he tackled her and attempted to remove her clothes. In the struggle, the woman was struck by the apartment door, and sustained a laceration to the back of her head. The attacker fled, and the victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the attacker. He is described as a black male 25-30 years old, between 5’11” and 6’2″ tall. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Christophe Mastoros at 718-230-4421, or Detective Borough Brooklyn South at 718-287-3239.

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Are You a Concerned Greenpointer Following the 2 Assaults Last Week? Join the Community Meeting this Thurs (9/22)

The corner of Driggs and Sutton.
The corner of Driggs and Sutton.

Last week, we received several messages from concerned community members about two assaults in Greenpoint. A possible rape that occurred just two blocks from McGolrick Park happened around 2:30AM on September 13th. The next day, a woman reported that she was knocked to the ground by a group of teenagers nearby around Driggs and Humboldt.

If you are a Greenpoint resident and are concerned about these recent events, we encourage you to join this Thursday’s (9/22) community meeting at the Park Church Co-Up (129 Russell Street) at 7:30PM.

The meeting description reads: “A number of violent and harassing incidents have happened recently around our community. This is a meeting to discuss how to proceed in creating a safer neighborhood, sharing concerns and brainstorming impactful solutions. We will not solve this problem overnight, but solidarity will help us to move forward.”

According to Gothamist, the details of the incidents are still “thin and preliminary” and DNAInfo reported that no rape has been reported as of Monday according to Pete Rose of the 94th precinct. That said, we as Greenpoint residents are incredibly alarmed by these assaults.

Here is the Facebook post that’s been circulating, purportedly from a friend of the victim:

“hello to my nyc community – I just ran into an old friend who had a beyond horrible thing happen to her a few days ago and I must spread the word. She was walking to the deli on Sutton street bt driggs and nassau, near mcgolrick park, and was attacked and raped by a group of teenagers who stabbed the side of her neck with a knife. She is beyond lucky to be alive. I haven’t heard anything or seen any signs around the neighborhood about this, so I am using facebook to spread the word. I know a lot of you live in that area, and you should be aware of this! Please be careful out there! And if anyone has any information that may be useful in this – if you have heard other stories like this in the past few months – anything! just let me know and I will pass it along to her so she can get it to the police.”

The North Brooklyn Community Facebook group was abuzz with this news. On Saturday, 33rd District Councilman Steven Levin had this to say:

Hi all, Just a quick report regarding the assault that was posted about by Amy Franklin on Sutton Street this week. I was very concerned to read about this incident on this page on Thursday night. I was in touch with multiple NYPD personnel on Friday, including the 94th Precinct. They confirmed that there was an incident that was reported matching the description of this incident. They also assured me that there are detectives conducting an investigation currently. That investigation is not concluded yet so they can't comment on any of the specifics. If you have an information related to this incident, please reach out to the 94th Pct. Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879. Also if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. From Safe Horizon: -You are not alone. -You are not to blame. -You do not deserve to be treated in this way. -You have rights. -You can get help. If anyone wants to share anything confidentially with me, please feel free to private message me. Thanks, Steve
via Facebook

The NYPD has an interactive crime map of the city you can view here. Again, it bears repeating that if you or someone you know has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you can call the Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault hotline 24/7 at (212) 227-3000. If you have information related to the incident, reach out to the 94th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 383-8495 or the main line at (718) 383-3879.

We will continue to update as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have any tips or other concerns, please comment or email us directly at [email protected] (Erik), [email protected] (Megan), and [email protected] (Julia).

Related stories:
When Greenpointers Groped in Public Search for Recourse

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When Greenpointers Groped in Public Search for Recourse

On a recent afternoon in June, Jane was walking home from the G train when an arm reached out and grabbed her breast in front of Mr. Berry on Manhattan Avenue. It belonged to one of several loud men in their 20s who were standing in a group on the sidewalk.

Enraged, Jane called 911 and started following and filming them as one of the men mooned her. While she waited for police to arrive, the men jeered at her from inside the Triangolo Pizza. Maddeningly, their smugness was validated when police arrived to take a report. They took Jane’s ID but none of theirs—she couldn’t confidently identify who had touched her, so the police told her they technically couldn’t do anything.

“I’m glad they responded quickly but I’m so frustrated nothing else could be done,” she said in an email to Greenpointers following the incident. “I’ve lived in Greenpoint for 8 years and I’ve never felt unsafe and never had any problems like this before. It makes me a little sad that I can’t say that anymore because of a group of idiots.”

Jane had reached out to us in a last-ditch effort because she felt as though she had no other recourse. Of course, that’s not exactly news—sexual assault is notoriously difficult to adequately punish, especially when the victim can’t say for a fact who it was.

But what happens when you successfully apprehend the perp? Continue reading

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Details of Monday Night’s Home Invasions and Sexual Attacks (Not Linked To Homeless Shelter)

There was a lot of back and forth on the comment thread in regard to the home invasions and sexual attacks that we initially reported yesterday so I wanted to update readers on who the attacker is and what exactly happened. According to the below article the first victim was raped in Williamsburg and he sexually assaulted three other women in Greenpoint – for a total of 4 victims.

It’s definitely frightening information, but at least he was caught.

There was also blame put on the McGuinness Blvd Homeless shelter, but after speaking with the 94th (AGAIN) this morning, Officer Truglio confirmed that the suspect from Monday night – Edgar Marrero’s last address was in Manhattan – so there is no link to the Greenpoint Homeless shelter.

Here is a very detailed report that NY1 put out: 

“Edgar Marrero, 24, faces charges of rape, attempted rape, burglary, robbery, forcible touching and sexual abuse. Continue reading

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Cancelled: Community Forum on Sexual Violence at Greenpoint Church Wed (6/26)

Update: Cancelled. Will be rescheduled to a TBA date.

The recent sexual assault in Greenpoint has many Greenpointers saddened, confused and scared. While the police are still conducting an investigation, reports have been made that the rape was a hate crime. Many residents have mentioned forming neighborhood watches or bike patrol programs to prevent future crimes.

Tomorrow – Wednesday June 25th, 2013 at 7:30pm at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) there will be a Community Forum on Sexual Violence. It is FREE, open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Hosted by Greenpoint Church Associate Minister C.B Stewart, Council Member Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Community Gay Pride Center, the recent sexual assault in Greenpoint will be discussed as well as ways to create a community-based strategy for staying safe in Greenpoint – with a focus but not limit to the LGBTQ community here.

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Stephen Levin & Residents Alert Community to Recent Greenpoint Rape Today (6/24)

At 5:45pm today at the Greenpoint Ave G train, Council Member Stephen Levin, along with elected officials and Greenpoint residents will seek the public’s assistance in apprehending a suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 26 year-old woman in Greenpoint last Sunday, according to Levin’s office.

Be careful and spread the news of this incident to other residents so not only can we be on the look out for the suspect but that we can remember to be more cautious while on the streets of Greenpoint especially at night.

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