Police now believe that a suspect wanted for two attempted rapes on Thursday in Brooklyn also tried to rape two other women hours earlier. In all four incidents, which took place in Crown Heights, the victims managed to fight off the attacker.
The suspect remains at large. The NYPD has released these details about the incidents in hopes the public can help identify him. On Wednesday, July 12th, around 11:45 p.m., investigators say a 22-year-old woman was followed by a male individual to the outside of her apartment near Pacific Street and Nostrand Avenue, where he "placed his hand over her mouth and pressed her against the hallway wall. The individual touched the victim's genitals and told her he wanted sex. The victim screamed and fought off the individual. The individual released the victim and fled the building in an unknown direction."
Then, at 1 a.m., July 13th, inside an apartment building near St. Marks Avenue and New York Avenue, police say the same suspect followed a "29 year-old female victim to her apartment and pushed her inside when she opened the door. The individual placed his hand over the victim's mouth and wrapped his other arm around her body." She managed to fight him off and he fled.
At 2 a.m., inside a building near Albany Avenue and Sterling Place, police say the man "followed the 22 year-old female victim to the front of her apartment and pushed her inside when she opened the door. The individual placed his hand over the victim's mouth and dragged her down to the floor. He touched her genitals as he told her he had a knife and would kill her if she didn't keep quiet. The suspect fled after the victim allegedly kneed him in the groin.
Back inside a building near Pacific Street and Nostrand Avenue, around 3:36 a.m., a 32-year-old woman told police that she was followed into the elevator by a man, and, according to the NYPD, "When the elevator stopped on the victim's floor and she stepped off, the individual placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to pull her down to the floor. The victim screamed and punched and kicked at the individual."
Two surveillance videos of the suspect have been released, and he is described as being his 20s and 6'0" to 6'2", with a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with white lettering, light blue jeans, a black baseball cap and white sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). 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. All calls are strictly confidential.