[UPDATE BELOW] The NYPD has arrested a man who they say tried to rape a woman in an elevator in Stuyvesant Town early Friday morning. Over the weekend, the NYPD released security camera footage of the suspect, who was caught on camera leering at an unidentified woman in an elevator moments before he tried to rape her. After the victim struggled and screamed, her assailant fled the elevator and was seen on camera escaping by climbing down a tree:
One Stuy Town blog says the woman was "badly injured" in the attack. Police have arrested Juan Scott, 26, and charged him with attempted rape. According to the NYPD, Scott resides at 544 East 13 Street, which is a formerly illegal squat where actress Rosario Dawson grew up.
Following yesterday's arrest, Councilmember Daniel Garodnick issued a statement congratulating "the brave men and women of the NYPD's 13th Precinct and Special Victims Unit for swiftly apprehending a suspect in Friday's attempted rape in Stuyvesant Town... This was a horrific assault in our community, and we are lucky and grateful to have a police force that investigated this crime with urgency and competence. I also want to thank the management and security of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village for working collaboratively with the NYPD. Residents of the community will rest easier knowing that an arrest has been made."
Update: Scott is Dawson's cousin, The Village reports.