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Locals Outraged Over Cop Response in Attempted Rape Case

Residents of 16th Street said police were a month late to investigate a sexual assault that took place in March.

More than a month after a horrifying rape attempt took place on 16th Street, outraged residents of the block say cops did little to investigate the crime.

“The day of the attack, police left as quick as they came,” said Donald Harrington, 44, a 16th Street resident who witnessed the attack from his second floor window and ran out after the would-be rapist. “Then the police didn’t show up until the press came, a month later.”

“I’m not at all happy with the way police handled this,” added neighbor Jim Gallagher, 52. “This guy is still walking around out there.”

A video of attack — which took place on March 20 at 11:30 p.m. between Fourth and Fifth avenues — became widely circulated last week, after a neighbor shared a video of the incident taken by a stationary security camera on his house.

The video shows a woman, shrieking, as she attempts to fight off a husky man as he gropes her from behind, his pants pulled down. The woman eventually fights him off and the attacker flees just as a neighbor steps outside to investigate the commotion.

Police said that the attempted rape is now being aggressively investigated. Cops released a description of the creep – a light skinned, 28-year-old male, 28 years old wearing a red baseball cap, blue jeans and a black waist length jacket – but only after The New York Daily News first released a video of the attack last Friday.

According to a friend of the victim, who wished to remain unnamed to protect her friend’s identity, the victim, a 24-year-old resident of the block, had just gotten off at the Prospect Avenue R stop when she noticed someone was following her. He then pushed her against an iron gate, ripped her leggings, and put his hands down the back of her pants. Struggling to break free, the woman even bit her attacker’s nose.

“I don’t know what took so long,” said 16th Street resident Mel Daley, 29, as she sat on her front stoop with her dog. “It took four weeks for us to find out about this. That makes me feel unsafe.”

According to NYPD statistics, only one sexual assault has been reported to the 72nd Precinct in the last month. A total of five rapes have taken place so far in 2011.
Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Aaron April 27, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Unfortunately you do not cover the bigger issue of the 72nd Pct. not doing squat until the NYDN article on this case, let alone the gunfire case that left bullets in a resident's daughter's bedroom...let me go on how the 72nd Pct. does not patrol with regular response below 41srt St. But that's for another article. -Concerned 23rd St resident with friends on 16th St.
De April 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM
This incident was totally expectable. Given the fact that the 72nd has abandoned this area, for many years. What do you expect when next to NOTHING is done by the police (or the elected), after 9 shots are fired in the same street. One into a child's bedroom. Nobody really knows how many other incidents have gone un-reported or not properly investigated as a result of this uncaring attitude. Given the facts and the past history the odds are that many more incidents have been swept under the rug. The Police saying that they are now investigating this crime, is a crime in and of its self. Who could possibly trust that the Police (who have created this situation) will NOW do a proper investigation. The number priority for the NYPD, now, is to cover there asses. Oh they may actually find the perp or bring about some sort of justice, but not if it will in any way further expose their own incompetence or culpability in this or other crimes. They will be looking into this with one eye constantly looking to cover there asses. How thorough an investigation will result from such a half hearted approach is cause for concern for us all. Common sense (something that the Police and many elected have none of) would dictate that, Once these things have gotten to this point (the initial refusal by the NYPD to act properly), it's time to have the WHOLE situation investigated by someone outside of the "Local Authorities". Someone with a clear and unbiased view of the facts. All of them
Tiredscout April 29, 2011 at 05:13 PM
The cops do nothing about the lack of quality of life on this street. So many illegal activities: shots fired into the aforementioned child's bedroom, cars routinely vandalized, and a crazy man who rants and threatens neighbors, harassing women and anyone else walking by while he conducts illegal business quite openly on the streets. Not to mention all the illegal parking things going on that are never ticketed. It is truly amazing that the cops do NOTHING about what is happening and has been happening for years on 16th Street. The only thing amazing about the attempted rape incident is that anyone is surprised. Why don't the cops do anything about the numerous problems on this street? By doing nothing, they let the bullies have their way and leave the rest of us, the peaceful and hardworking people of the street, to the wolves.
ethan1234 July 06, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Can you please reply with the link to the shooting you refer to? The one in the child's bedroom? Also is the crazy man the one with the with a skull and cross bones on his door? Isn't he the one who actually chased down the would be rapist in the video? It looks like he did some good here...
Elizabeth September 23, 2011 at 02:21 PM
There is a striking resemblance to one of the sketches of the Park Slope rapist with a guy that I have seen all over Park Slope, but unfortunately, I do not know his name. He dates a crack head, whom I was able to find on FB and in her photos, there is a photo of him near a bike. Don't know if this is him, but it's worth looking into. This is her FB page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001523026049

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