Attempted rape in Stuyvesant Town

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Attempted sexual assault suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man who attempted to rape a woman in Stuyvesant Town in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 29. 

The 20-year-old victim was walking near the M level exterior door of 7 Stuyvesant Oval around 5 a.m. when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her by the neck.

Police said that the victim resisted but she was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground when the suspect attempted to sexually assault her. Police said that another resident who was nearby came to the victim’s aid and called 911, after which the suspect fled on foot.

The suspect was last seen running west on East 17th Street towards Second Avenue. The victim suffered bruises to her forehead, neck and elbows and was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. 

Police said that the man was wearing a blue shirt and black jeans. Surveillance video shows the suspect walking north on First Avenue and turning right onto East 16th Street shortly before the incident.

ST-PCV general manager Rick Hayduk sent a notice to residents on Saturday morning that management and Public Safety were working with the 13th precinct and the Special Victims Unit to find the suspect. Hayduk also noted that Public Safety Chief Fran Martin has dispatched additional officers for patrol in both Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village. 

The STPCV Tenants Association also sent out a notice about the attempted rape, asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and not to allow people behind them to “piggyback” in by making sure that outside doors are closed securely and not allowing people without keycards inside. 

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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8 thoughts on “Attempted rape in Stuyvesant Town

  1. A few things on this:

    1) They are upping the patrol AFTER someone gets attacked. Why does it take someone getting attacked to up the patrols??? Here’s a novel idea, let’s put money into the actual security force in this place instead of HD cameras that do absolutely nothing to hinder these things from happening.

    2) This is not a case of piggybacking, so why does the TA bring this up other than to victim blame? This woman was attacked near the entrance to her building, not in her building, and either way she deserves to feel safe in a community where she lives. A community that touts its public safety presence.

    I think Rick AND the TA owe this woman a lot more than thoughts and prayers. They owe this woman and this entire community a true public safety division that is allowed to do their jobs and not just act like personal greeters in the oval.

    Seriously, how many more incidents is it going to take before action is taken? Will we have increased patrol for a few weeks and then back to the status quo of doing nothing to prevent crime? These attacks are becoming way to frequent (regardless of what lies Rick tells the media), I just hope the next victim isn’t someone I know, because it’s not a matter of if another attack will happen, it’s a matter of when.

  2. We used to have a really crack security force and Stuyvesant Town was a really safe place to live in. They used to patrol on foot and didn’t sit on their asses looking at camera pointed at nothing in particular. In fact, I don’t think that too many of the cameras actually work and those that do are only good for AFTER the fact.

    We used to have many, many more security officers and they were very well-trained and professional. I think the ones we’ve got now do the best with what they’ve got, but they ain’t got a lot! Their numbers have been cut to the bone and they really aren’t allowed to do much in the way of enforcing rules or patrolling the property (particularly at night. To an outfit like Blackstone, human life is pretty cheap. Their profits are of much, much more importance than the safety and wellbeing of the people who pay rent to live here. I’ve lived here long enough to see the changes in he security level and they have not been good changes.

  3. management and Public Safety were working with the 13th precinct and the Special Victims Unit to find the suspect

    Other than handing over that grainy photo, I don’t see how management and PS could be “working with” the NYPD to locate the perp. Unless they suspect he’s a resident, or have in-house bloodhounds on the trail…

    Seems to be a lame attempt to insinuate that they’re “doing something” about this.

  4. The two most incompetent groups on the planet:
    1. Rick Hayduk and his band of clowns from Beam Living
    2. The Blackstone TA

    The three most corrupt groups on the planet:
    See 1 and 2 above
    3. All politicians in the state and city of New York (you can include all city/state agencies, including the NYPD since they do the bidding for the corrupt politicians).

  5. Security is useful for harassing tenants. As for catching criminals …..fuhgeddoubit! They’ve never stopped any serious crime in progress…….ever. They use those cameras to watch girls. They have probably have a great tape called “Best of STPCV residents making out and more!”.

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