By Sabina Mollot
Police have arrested a suspect in the attempted rape of a woman in her building in Stuyvesant Town.
Twenty-six-year-old Juan Scott, who resides at 544 East 13th Street, has been charged with attempted rape.
In response to the suspect getting collared on Sunday morning, Council Member Dan Garodnick praised the NYPD’s 13th Precinct and the Special Victims Unit.
“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,” Garodnick said. “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.”
It was around 4 a.m. on Friday when a man followed a 20-year-old resident into her building on East 14th Street and then tried to rape her.
He finally fled the elevator after she screamed and struggled.
The suspect, seen in surveillance video, was seen climbing down a tree after running off to escape.
The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center, according to a post on the ST-PCV Tenants Association website.
Update: As of late Monday, the district attorney’s office said Scott had not yet been arraigned.
The building on East 13th Street where he was picked up is the squat where actress Rosario Dawson grew up. The Villager has since reported that Scott is Dawson’s cousin and has “boundary” issues with women. A source also told the newspaper that the Stuy Town incident was “an actual rape.”
In an email sent to neighbors early Tuesday John Marsh, the president of the ST-PCV Tenants Association, expressed his relief about the arrest but also his disappointment that residents hadn’t received any communication from management on the issue.
“No flyers were posted with the man’s image, even though PCV/ST management turned over security footage to the police. Neither were flyers posted about the Stuy Town Groper,” the TA said in the email.
In contrast, he noted, when there’s a major crime in the East Village, there are normally fliers everywhere.
“For the future safety of our neighbors we urge a return to the long tradition of PCV/ST management and NYPD’s timely sharing of safety awareness information with our community,” Marsh said.
CWCapital has not yet issued any comment on the alleged attempted rape or the arrest.