Update: Police have arrested a man who was staying at the Armory Men’s Shelter on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Melvin Collins, 36, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with burglary, sexual abuse, criminal obstruction of breathing, forcible touching and assault.
By Sabina Mollot
Police are looking for a man who followed a woman into a building in Stuyvesant Town on Monday morning.
The victim, a 42-year-old woman, had entered 315 Avenue C when a man followed her inside at about 8:10 a.m.
Once inside an elevator, the man started groping and kissing her, police said. The woman then ran out of the elevator and the man chased her, and tried to pull her into a stairwell. The attacker then got on top of the woman and choked her. He took off however, fleeing down the stairs when the victim started screaming.
The victim suffered scratches to her neck and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The suspect is described as being black, 30-35 years old and about 5’7″ to 5’9″, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, dark sneakers with white soles, and a baseball hat.
Neither he nor the victim are residents of Stuyvesant Town, according to management, and security has been beefed up in response to the incident.
“StuyTown Property Services has provided NYPD with video and is fully cooperating in the apprehension of the suspect,” said Rick Hayduk, general manager of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. “Public Safety presence has been heightened around the two communities. Our thoughts are with the victim and her family.”