By Sabina Mollot
Police are on the lookout for a man who tried to rape a woman on Saturday. Police reported the neighborhood, but not the address as Gramercy. However, according to the ST-PCV Tenants Association, the incident occurred in Stuyvesant Town at 245 Avenue C.
Cops said it was around 3:30 a.m., when a man followed the victim into her apartment building and tried to rape her in the vestibule. The 25-year-old woman was able to fight off the suspect and get away.
She refused medical attention on scene, police said.
The suspect is described as black, 5’8″ tall, weighing 170 pounds wearing blue jeans, white sneakers and a dark jacket with the Adidas symbol on the back and with the word Adidas in large lettering on the hood.
Police managed to get some surveillance photos of the suspect breezing into the woman’s building.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips online at nypdcrimstoppers.com or text their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Town & Village reached out to the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information to ask why crimes occurring in Stuyvesant Town have at times been referred to as “Gramercy” and haven’t included an address.
A spokesperson said he could only speculate that this was how the information was provided by the victims or the detectives working on the case. This case is being handled by the Special Victims Squad. However, he also noted that in this case, Stuyvesant Town was withheld because it’s the address of the victim of a sex crime. “We don’t mention the address of the victim, especially the victim of a sex crime,” he said, adding, “Stuyvesant Town is in the Gramercy section of Manhattan.”
When told that the withholding of this information has led some residents of the community to wonder if it’s being done as a favor for Stuy Town management, lest the place look bad to potential renters, the spokesperson denied this. “It’s without any malicious intent, I can guarantee you that,” he said.
This post has been updated to add information from the ST-PCV Tenants Association and the DCPI.