Man tries to rape woman in Stuyvesant Town elevator

Police are looking for a man they say tried to rape a woman in the elevator of her building in Stuyvesant Town early Friday morning.

It was around 4 a.m., when the man, who is described as Hispanic with dark hair, followed a 20-year-old resident into the building and then tried to rape her.

He finally fled the elevator after she screamed and struggled.

The suspect, seen in surveillance video, is seen climbing down a tree after running off to escape. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. The building appears to be in the 600 block of East 14th Street.

The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center, according to a post on the ST-PCV Tenants Association website. In it, the TA advises neighbors to be not let anyone into their building that they don’t recognize.

“Although our neighborhood is generally safe, we have had incidents — most recently the StuyTown Groper — so it’s important for everyone to stay alert, not just for themselves but for their neighbors and the security of the building,” the TA said.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

*This article has been updated to include information from the Tenants Association.

8 thoughts on “Man tries to rape woman in Stuyvesant Town elevator

  1. We do NOT live in a suburb or a secure gated community. There is a lot of crime around here and management touts this place to the young, gullible and vulnerable all the time.

    I feel very sorry for the young lady who was assaulted, but at 4 am, a guy with a bag of groceries following her in? I can understand her not wanting to get into an argument with somebody following her in when she was alone. Unfortunately, she made the mistake of getting into the elevator with him. Would have been better if she had gone back out the building onto the street and either (preferably) walked back westward on 14th, and called Security to report and call attention to the suspicious character and/or called a room mate to come down and meet her.

    Security is very responsive to calls from tenants, especially ladies, who are afraid they are being followed or feel they are in any kind of danger. I have to hand it to them, they really are good like that.

    The block on 14th Street that is in the 600s is very dark and deserted. Everything across the street on the south side of 14th has been razed and it is a predator’s dream. No young lady should walk alone along that block in the late night/wee small hours.

    I am in no way blaming the victim. Hindsight is always 20-20 and “she-shouldas” come easily. I doubt the lady was expecting anything bad to happen in this highly-touted “safe” place. I really, really hope that she has a strong support network of family and friends and that she will not let this horrible assault mar her life. I also hope that the dirtbag who assaulted her is caught very soon and gets his come-uppance.

    Would be nice if there were more Public Safety/Security (wtf) boots on the ground in that neck of the woods instead of just after-the-fact grainy video clips.

    • There used to be Public Safety boots on the ground, lots of them, that is until Tishman Speyer and indifferent, uncaring, penny-pinching CWCapital, Andrew MacArthur and Compass Rock took over. There needs to be a return to foot patrols in all areas of the complex. Did you hear that Andy Mac?? We tenants pay your salary and we DEMAND that you address this and the myriad other quality of life problems, many of which YOU directly helped to create, that abound here. And we DEMAND that you do it NOW. Enough with your taking advantage of us. Enough with your indifference, contempt and bottom-line only thinking. While I’m sure you sleep just fine at night; no decent, humane person would be able to perpetrate the misery on people that you do and sleep a wink. Shame, shame, shame on you.

      • Andy Mac is a rotten example to his kid/s who will probably grow up to be worthless human beings who just prey on others and take take take.

  2. My advice to everybody who lives in this complex, old or young, male or female, is to put security’s number in the contacts on your cell phone and call them if you feel in danger. They are good guys and they will help you. You can also call 911 and it will be a legitimate call.

  3. Security can also be contacted directly using the intercom panel in each lobby. That also means that they will see you (and any perps) on the security cameras in the lobbies.

    • I once tried to call Security on the intercom in the vestibule. It didn’t work. Another useless pos we are paying an MCI for.

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