On Monday, a 56-year-old woman was raped on the top level of Pier 15 on the East River Esplanade—and then thrown over the second-story railing. NYC Parks Advocates had reported that the woman met her attacker for a drink, "They two settled on a lawn area on the top floor of the pier. The woman somehow passed out and when she awoke she was on the ground....20 feet below. Her pants had been removed." Now the police have issued a photo of the suspect—and say the victim was here for the Occupy Wall Street anniversary and that she recognized him from earlier OWS events.
The NYPD describes the incident in this media alert, name-checking OWS repeatedly just in case any reporters missed the alleged connection between political activism and rapist degenerates:
As protestors begin to filter into New York City over the weekend to commemorate the anniversary Monday of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the NYPD is hunting for a rapist among them. Earlier this week, a 56-year-old woman who was in Manhattan to participate in OWS protests was raped and thrown from two stories by an individual she recognized from previous OWS demonstrations.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10th, the assailant forced the woman to accompany him to the elevated level of the new Pier 15 park overlooking the East River in lower Manhattan. He raped her there and, afterwards, flung her over the second-story railing to the ground below, causing her to sustain a broken pelvis and other serious injuries.
Police are looking for Jackie Barcliff, M/B/44, who was arrested for assault and resisting arrest last December in front of Liberty Plaza, and who then tried to escape after being apprehended by police. Barcliff has frequented other OWS gathering sites in lower Manhattan in the past.
Police urge people with information in regards to this incident 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.
Last year, a man was arrested for allegedly raping one woman and sexually assaulting another at the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park.