New photos of Stuy Town attempted rape suspect

Attempted rape suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have released new images from surveillance video depicting the man wanted for an attempted rape at the beginning of this summer. The NYPD previously re-released images and information earlier this summer about the incident that took place on Saturday, June 29 at 5:10 a.m. in front of a building on Stuyvesant Oval but no arrests have been made in the case.

The attempted sexual assault occurred when the 20-year-old victim was walking near the M level exterior door on Stuyvesant Oval. Police said that the suspect approached her from behind, grabbing her neck, and although she resisted, she was knocked unconscious. When she fell to the ground, the suspect reportedly attempted to sexually assault her but another resident who was nearby came to her aid and called 911.

The man reportedly fled the scene on foot and was last seen running west on East 17th Street towards Second Avenue. Shortly before the incident, the suspect was spotted on surveillance video walking north on First Avenue and turning right onto East 16th Street. Police said that at the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a blue shirt and black jeans.

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Attempted rape in Stuyvesant Town


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. 

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Man accused of trying to rape neighbor in Kenmore Hall apt.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a Kenmore Hall resident for the alleged attempted rape of another tenant in the building last weekend.

The victim told police that she was sleeping in her apartment inside Kenmore Hall, a single-room occupancy building at 145 East 23rd Street, on Sunday, March 10 around 11 p.m. when 62-year-old Anthony Carter allegedly broke in. The victim said that Carter got on top of her, allegedly pulling on her underwear without her consent.

Police said that Carter told the victim, “We’re going to have sex,” and she stated no multiple times, but Carter allegedly forced her to touch his genitals.

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Cop recognized for arrest of suspect in Stuy Town sexual assault

Police Officers William Blum and Brendan Bellew with Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct, and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Two cops from the 13th Precinct were recognized for catching the man who was later charged with a sexual assault in Stuyvesant Town that took place on Monday, October 8.

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman awarded officers Brendan Bellew and William Blum last Tuesday as Cops of the Month for catching Melvin Collins, 36, the day after the incident occurred.

Hellman said that the woman who was assaulted had been hired by residents of Stuyvesant Town to clean their apartment and had been buzzed in by security as she had in the past when Collins allegedly followed her into the building.

Collins then attempted to sexually assault her while in the elevator, Hellman said, and when the elevator doors opened, he allegedly attempted to pull her into a stairway and rape her. Collins fled down the stairs when the victim started yelling.

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Cops say man tried to rape woman in East 13th Street building

Julio Mendez

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman in a residential building at 620 East 13th Street between Avenues B and C.

Police said the suspect, who has since been identified as Julio Mendez, 43, approached the victim, a 46-year-old woman on Saturday at 11:15 p.m. while she was in the building’s laundry room.

While police said it’s unknown what the man’s relationship was to the woman, he has been known to frequent the building, Tanya Towers, which offers low-income housing as well as being home to an organization that offers supportive housing and other services to people who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.

Mendez, police said, started talking to the victim and convinced her to follow him outside. He then grabbed her by the arm and neck and the victim, in her struggle to get away from him, fell to the ground. Mendez allegedly then covered her mouth and tried to pull of her clothing. The victim continued to try to fight him off as he sexually assaulted her, police said, eventually running off when the victim screamed.

The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she has since treated and released.

Mendez is described as a male Hispanic, 5’6″, 160lbs, with an average build, medium complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. Police are unsure of where he lives.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


StuyTown to offer self-defense classes after attempted rape

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

StuyTown Property Services will be offering self-defense courses to residents in the wake of the sexual assault in Stuyvesant Town early last Sunday morning, and the management has installed new lighting along the 14th Street corridor. General Manager Rick Hayduk made the announcements in an emailed newsletter to residents on Thursday night.

In addition to new lighting, Hayduk noted that perimeter lighting, particular along Avenue C, as well as interior lighting, is currently being reviewed. SPS will also be working with security consultants to identify areas where new and additional equipment should be placed, including improvements to the configuration of the surveillance system, since the assault on Sunday was not fully visible to the property’s security cameras.

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Teen who allegedly tried to rape Stuy Town woman hit with attempted murder charge

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A 17-year-old arrested for the attempted rape of a woman in her building in Stuyvesant Town has also been charged with attempted murder.

The alleged attacker, Aaron Kish, was arraigned on Monday night, after police said he admitted he wanted to snap the 22-year-old victim’s neck as she struggled to get away.

According to the criminal complaint, Kish followed the woman as she entered her building vestibule early Sunday morning and grabbed her from behind. She was then pushed against a wall and forced to the floor, police said, before Kish got her in a chokehold and pulled her dress and underwear off.

The victim tried repeatedly to scream for help, while Kish allegedly groped her and told her, “Let me finish I’ll let you go” and also warned her if she fought him, “it will only get worse.” The victim fought back anyway, and managed to elbow and punch Kish, he later told police, according to the complaint. At that point, a neighbor came up to the vestibule and saw the woman naked and Kish with his pants down and said he was calling police. Kish then ran off with some scratches while the victim was left with a bloody lip, pain in her neck and abrasions on her back.

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Teen arrested in connection with attempted sexual assault of woman in Stuy Town

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Stuyvesant Town (photo by Sabina Mollot)

UPDATE: Police have filed charges of attempted rape, assault, strangulation, sex abuse, burglary against the suspect, identified as Aaron Kish of Piscataway, New Jersey. Police didn’t have information on if the victim was injured, although she had been taken to the hospital for treatment and observation and police said there was a “physical confrontation.” Police also said Kish has been arrested before though it wasn’t clear how many times or what the charges were. In the alleged assault, he suffered some facial injuries when the victim fought back.

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a 17-year-old who’s suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman inside the vestibule of her building in Stuyvesant Town.

Police said that at around 4:45 a.m. the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking into her building when the suspect entered the vestibule behind her. He then started talking to her before pulling off her clothes and trying to sexually assault her. At that point, a resident of the building came into the vestibule, and the attacker fled.

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Homeless man arrested for attempted rape in Union Square

Union Square Park (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Union Square Park (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A homeless man was arrested for the attempted rape of a 23-year-old woman on a sidewalk just north of Union Square Park early Sunday morning.

The victim, who told police that she had been drinking earlier in the evening with a friend, said that she sat down at the northwest corner of Park Avenue South and East 17th Street and fell asleep on the sidewalk. When she woke up around 1:30 a.m., 39-year-old Nelis Calix was allegedly standing over her with his pants down.

There was a blanket covering her and she didn’t know where it came from, but her pants were also partially pulled down, she reported to police. A witness said that he heard her yelling, “no” and “help” multiple times while Calix reportedly lifted the blanket that was covering her. According to the District Attorney’s office, Calix went between the victim’s legs and attempted to rape her before bystanders intervened.

Other nearby witnesses called 911 to report the crime and Calix attempted to flee but he was arrested shortly after 1:45 a.m.

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police sources said that Calix has 18 prior arrests, including public lewdness, and he was arrested for sexual abuse in 2002 in the Bronx. Police said that Calix also frequently goes by different names. He is being held on Rikers Island for $50,000 bail and has a court appearance this Friday.

Calix’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

2015: A look back

A coyote (not the one pictured) was spotted in Stuyvesant Town in January.

A coyote (not the one pictured) was spotted in Stuyvesant Town in January.

By Sabina Mollot

Capped with yet another sale of Stuyvesant Town — this time with the highest price tag ever at $5.45 billion — 2015 was certainly an eventful year for the community.

Town & Village has taken a look back to find the top ten local events of the year.

1. The highly anticipated sale of course was a big one, with the deal being cheered as part of Mayor de Blasio’s campaign platform promise to preserve or build 200,000 units of affordable housing. The sale to new owners The Blackstone Group came as welcome news to many tenants due to its representatives’ willingness to listen to tenant concerns as well as a commitment to preserve 5,000 units of affordable housing. While for others — specifically, tenants in the other 6,200-plus units, the deal simply maintains the status quo of stabilized status with market rate tents. Blackstone has promised additional announcements early in the New Year, which hopefully will include a decision, made in cooperation with the city, of how people can get a lease to the affordable units as they become available.

2. Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, while always known as a bird sanctuary and a habitat for the world’s most well-fed squirrels, also managed to attract the attention of a coyote. The young female coyote, named Stella by Parks reps who rescued her, had been found wandering around the Avenue C side of the property near the Con Ed plant. She was captured by police officers, and then later released by the Parks department into a wooded area in the Bronx.

A Parks official T&V interviewed about the incident said that coyote sightings in the city are becoming more common, and she expected that this trend would only continue. Just a couple of weeks prior to the Stuy Town sighting, another coyote was found in Riverside Park, and in 2011, another coyote had wandered into Tribeca.

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Man tries to rape woman in Union Square Park bathroom

Sketch of suspect

Sketch of suspect

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man who tried to rape a woman in a bathroom at Union Square Park on Sunday.

Cops said at around 3:15 a.m., a 63-year-old woman was inside the bathroom when a man confronted her and demanded she perform a sex act. The woman struggled as she tried to get away, biting the man’s hand in the process and leaving a cut. The wounded thug then fled the location in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for pain. She was reported to be in stable condition and has since been released.

The suspect is described as black, approximately 30 years old with a thin build, short hair and a long goatee. He last seen wearing a green army camouflage jacket, an orange hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips online or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Man arrested in connection with attempted rape in Stuy Town

Surveillance photos of suspect

Surveillance photos of suspect

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday morning, police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman in her Stuyvesant Town building on Saturday.

Twenty-year-old Dominique Brown of 2075 First Avenue has been arrested by detectives and charged with Rape 1, Burglary 2 and Sex Abuse.

A police spokesman said he was nabbed due to tips received through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline. He added that Brown does have prior arrests, but they are sealed.

Information as to Brown’s attorney is not yet available.

Video footage of the suspect, which police released on Monday, showed him waiting inside the building vestibule with his pants open enough to expose himself to the victim when she walked in. He then followed her.

Cops said it was around 3:30 a.m., when a man followed the victim into her apartment building, which has been identified as 245 Avenue C and tried to rape her in the vestibule. The 25-year-old woman was able to fight off the suspect and get away.

UPDATED: Man tries to rape woman in her Stuyvesant Town building

Surveillance photos of suspect

Surveillance photos of suspect

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 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.

Police Watch: Man wanted in East Village attempted rape, pit bull bites father and son

Police are looking for a man who tried to rape a woman in an East Village building on Sunday and also, in a prior incident, attacked a woman in another building. On Sunday, cops say he followed his 22 year-old victim into an apartment building on East 6th Street and sexually assaulted her in the stairwell. The victim sustained minor injuries from the attack, which occurred around 6 a.m., and was taken to Beth Israel Hospital in stable condition.
Police say he also, on Tuesday, December 16 at 12:45 a.m., followed a 19-year-old woman into the elevator in the lobby of her building located on the FDR Drive. He then grabbed her buttocks and breasts and tried to forcibly kiss her. The woman struggled and managed to get out of the elevator and the building. The creep chased her and managed to grab her buttocks again before fleeing the scene,
The suspect is described as dark skinned, approximately 25 years old and 180 lbs., with short cut hair. In the second incident, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, black bubble jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers. In the first incident, the victim said he was wearing a Yankees cap.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.


Freida Yakubov

Police are looking for a 37-year-old woman, Florida resident Freida Yakubov. Yakubov was last seen last Thursday in front of 111 West 16 Street at 8 a.m. when she arrived with her boyfriend from Sarasota. Yakubov dropped her boyfriend off at the location and then left to park her vehicle, a black 2009 BMW 1 Series 4-door sedan with Florida license plates, but she never returned.
She is described as being 5’7” tall, weighing 120 lbs., with a light complexion, long blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white sweater and gray sweat pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Mister Parrish, 36, was arrested after police said he was involved in two assaults, including one in which he sicced his pit bull on a father and his son.
Last Saturday at around 10:52 p.m., at East 28th Street and Lexington, Parrish was standing on the corner with the dog when a child, who was under the age of seven and standing next to Parrish, became frightened by the animal. Parrish then yelled, “It’s only a dog.”
The boy started crossing the street with his father when Parrish allegedly removed the dog’s leash and steered it towards them. Police said that the dog bit the boy on the leg, causing the skin to break and bleed, and Parrish did nothing to intervene. The dog also allegedly bit the child’s father on the arm.
The victims were taken to the hospital and the dog was removed to Animal Care and Control. Parrish (whose first name really is Mister, police confirmed) was was also charged with assault, as well as harassment and dogs to be restrained.
Around the same time, police hit Parrish with additional count of assault along with arresting another man, Jamie Sloan, 34.
Police said Parrish and Sloan were involved in a fight at Third Avenue and East 28th Street around the same time as the other incident. They allegedly punched another man in the face and head, causing cuts and bleeding to the victim’s ear.

Police arrested 51-year-old Nathaniel Green for grand larceny in front of 915 Broadway last Monday at 7:16 p.m. Green entered the Gramercy Tavern at 42 East 20th Street earlier that day and allegedly removed a black bag that didn’t belong to him from a chair. Police said he left the restaurant with the bag and was stopped outside the building. He allegedly resisted arrest at the time, ran and dropped the bag, which landed under a nearby car.

Police arrested 38-year-old Paulino Camacho for grand larceny inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 11:12 p.m. The victim, who is a patient at the hospital, said that she was sleeping in her room and when she woke up, she went to look for something in her bag. Camacho had allegedly taken her credit card and $30 in cash from the bag.

Police arrested two people for the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana near the intersection of West 28th Street and Broadway last Friday. Twenty-year-old Usman Jalloh was busted in front of 34 West 28th Street at 3:40 p.m.
Jalloh allegedly sold pot to an undercover officer and after searching him, police found that he was allegedly in possession of additional marijuana.
Lamin Kamara, 24, was arrested at the intersection at 4:45 p.m. He allegedly tried to sell marijuana to an undercover officer and police said he was in possession of marijuana.

Police arrested two people for shoplifting at Bed Bath & Beyond in separate incidents last week. Denise Mulcare, 45, was arrested last Monday at 1:09 p.m. and Anthony Dantico, 33, was arrested on Saturday at 3:54 p.m. Both were charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Mulcare allegedly took items of the shelf and placed them in her bag, attempting to leave the store without paying. Police said that Dantico took property off the rack, put it in his coat pocket and attempted to leave without paying.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Ravenall was arrested for burglary last Monday at 11:50 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Ravenall entered the victim’s apartment without permission and swiped an Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,100. Information about the location of the burglary was not available.

Police arrested 25-year-old Salvador Colula inside the 13th precinct for leaving the scene of an accident last Monday at 9:45 a.m. Colula was driving at a previous date and allegedly hit someone with his car, causing a sprained ankle. Colula did not stop when he hit the man and left the scene of the accident, police said.

Police arrested four people for thefts at the Gap Store inside 122 Fifth Avenue last week.
Timothy Read, 23, and Angel Vega Jr., 39, were arrested last Monday at 7:56 p.m. Read was charged with grand larceny and Vega was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property. Read allegedly attempted to steal three jackets, which were valued at $1,044. Vega allegedly attempted to steal two jackets.
Twenty-six-year-old Christian Pena was arrested at the same store the next day at 2:06 p.m. for petit larceny and possession of stolen property. An employee at the store said that she saw Pena take items from the shelf. He allegedly concealed them and attempted to leave the store without paying.
Police arrested 53-year-old Elvin Quinones for petit larceny and possession of stolen property in front of the store last Friday at 11:54 a.m. An employee at the store said that Quinones took clothing off the shelves and then attempted to conceal it in his coat. Police said that he then tried leaving the store without paying for the items, which were worth $94.99.

Suspect in ST attempted rape pleads not guilty

Parents of victim say their daughter won’t let attack ‘derail’ her life

Attempted rape suspect Juan Scott entered a plea of not guilty.

Attempted rape suspect Juan Scott entered a plea of not guilty.

By Sabina Mollot

Juan Scott, the man arrested for the attempted rape of a woman in Stuyvesant Town as well as sexually abusing two other women made a brief appearance in court on Tuesday to plead not guilty. The plea was for all three incidents, with the attack on a woman in Stuyvesant Town in October being the most recent one.

Based on the nature of the alleged crimes, which include burglary that’s sexually motivated, Assistant District Attorney Brendan Tracy had recommended the judge give Scott a 20-year sentence as well as post-release supervision. In court, after being led inside in cuffs while wearing a t-shirt and jeans, the 26-year-old suspect said nothing beyond uttering the words “not guilty” three times.

After Scott was escorted out, the parents of the Stuyvesant Town victim spoke with reporters to say their 20-year-old daughter was doing well and was in class at NYU while court was in session.

“She’s strong, she’s doing okay,” said her father, who, like her mother, ask that their names not be published. “She’s not going to let a piece of trash derail her from where she wants to go.” He added that she planned to continue living in Stuyvesant Town and that he hopes the case won’t get sensationalized because of Scott being the cousin of a celebrity — actress Rosario Dawson.

“I feel sorry for her,” he said of Dawson. “I’m sure she wants nothing to do with this.”

On the plea of not guilty, the victim’s mother said, “For him to plead not guilty blows my mind.” Her husband added, “This is our due process. It’s something that makes you wish you could go back to the time when people were stoned. My wife believes in karma so I have to believe this guy will get what he deserves.”

Following the arraignment, the family was scheduled to fly back to the parents’ home in Riverside, California to celebrate Thanksgiving. The daughter is a third year student doing individual studies in NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and it’s also her third year living in the city. Her mother, who has two other adult children older than the one living in Stuyvesant Town, said her youngest daughter may go into marketing.

Andrew Bernstein, Scott’s Legal Aid attorney, didn’t take questions from reporters after court was adjourned.

In the Stuy Town incident, an intruder was seen on surveillance cameras following a woman into the building and into the elevator where he pounced on her. She fought him off, though she sustained some injuries, and he fled. The alleged attacker is seen in security footage running out the door and even climbing down a tree to escape.

The victim’s father said his daughter had been followed into the building after getting out of a cab only 40 feet away from the building. After getting arrested for the incident a couple of days later, Scott, who’d been staying at a former squat on East 13th Street, was also charged with sexually abusing a woman he’d been dating at a building on East 13th Street in September as well as another woman at a building on East 11th Street in June.