Cops say two Crown Heights women were nearly sexually assaulted yesterday in separate incidents by a man who followed them to their apartments, and the NYPD is currently investigating whether the crimes were committed by the same suspect.
The NYPD says the first incident took place at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Lincoln Place and Albany Avenue. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, told cops that a man followed her to her apartment door and, when she unlocked it, pushed her to the ground, telling her he had a knife and would kill her. Then, she told police, he attempted to sexually assault her, but she kicked him and sprayed mace at him, and he fled the location. She was uninjured in the attack, according to police.
She described the suspect as a 25 to 32 year-old male, approximately 6'1", with wide shoulders, muscular arms, wide face, brown eyes, and wearing a blue or grey short sleeve shirt, blue or grey flat rim baseball hat, shorts, sneakers. The suspect was also clean shaven.
The second incident allegedly took place around 3:30 a.m., near the intersection of Dean Street and Nostrand Avenue. The victim, a 32-year-old woman, told cops than when she entered an apartment building in the area, a man followed behind her, approaching her from behind and covering her mouth as she exited an elevator. The victim told police the man then attempted to sexually assault her, but she managed to push him off. He fled the scene.
The victim described her attacker as a clean shaven 6'1", slim male, wearing a black T-shirt with white text across the chest, light colored jeans, sneakers, and short hair.
It's unclear whether the suspects were one and the same. The NYPD's Special Victims Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.