Police announced they arrested the second suspect in a series of attacks on a woman in Brooklyn last month. The 32-year-old woman was sexually assaulted twice, by two different people, in the span of about an hour.
According to the police, the first attack occurred at 5 a.m. on August 31st, when the woman was walking in front of 187 Gates Avenue; the NYPD says that a suspect pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The suspect claimed he had a gun and would use it but did not display it. (Police arrested Nicholas Isaac, 17, last week.)
Then the second attack occurred around 6 a.m., in front of 58 Irving Place, when a second suspect pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. Again, police say the second suspect claimed to have a gun and said he would use it, but never displayed it. Daquan Jackson, 21, was charged criminal sex act for this assault.
Earlier this week, the NY Times noted that in spite of gentrification, the neighborhood still has a seedy element:
Standing in the doorways of multifamily buildings valued at $1 million to $3 million, residents told of their encounters with prostitutes and their clients.
“I’ve been on my way to work in the morning and they’re doing their thing, doing the do,” said Tony Moorer, a teacher who has lived on the block for 22 years. “You see it and you keep moving.”
...At the Carlton, an expensive Irving Place condominium built in 2012, the superintendent, Khalif Lomax, 40, said he regularly has to clean up the building’s outdoor trash area after people break into it to have sex. Next to Alice’s Arbor, an organic foods restaurant on nearby Classon Avenue where young diners in expensive sunglasses eat brunch at outdoor tables, a clerk at a scruffy hotel called the Pleasant Stay said that until recently, rooms there rented by the hour.
One couple believed they witnessed the second attack (while "waiting for a delivery from Fresh Direct") and called the cops.
The president of NOW's NYC chapter, Sonia Ossorio, told the Times, "It’s easier to believe that the violence is perpetrated against a certain class, therefore I’m safe. That’s a mistake. Rapists are rapists."