Teen charged with raping girl, 14, in building on E. 28th

Straus Houses (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly raping a teenage girl inside a stairwell at the Straus Houses. Elijah Mclendon, 18, allegedly forced himself on a girl while they were inside the building at 344 East 28th Street on Nov. 10. He was arrested there on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m.

The district attorney’s office said that Mclendon held down the victim and pulled off her pants. He allegedly began to have sex with her while she repeatedly told him to stop, the victim told police.

The victim said that she told Mclendon that she had a sexually transmitted disease in an effort to get him to stop raping her.

According to the district attorney’s office, the victim was 14 years old at the time of the incident and Mclendon was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said that neither the victim nor Mclendon live in the NYCHA complex and it was unclear how they got inside. Mclendon’s attorney did not respond to a call for comment on the case.

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Kips Bay fire that killed two dogs was electrical

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A fire in Kips Bay that killed two dogs but left no residents injured was electrical, the FDNY said.

A spokesperson for the FDNY told Town & Village there was a problem with the electrical wiring in the ceiling of a fourth-floor apartment.

The fire had broken out in a four-story building at 122 Lexington Avenue on Monday, the day after Christmas.

The New York Post reported that the blaze started in a fourth floor apartment of the building, which is near East 28th Street, and spread to the third floor and roof, also damaging a restaurant on the ground.

Officials told the Post that residents were not able to return to their apartments on the third and fourth floors on Monday night but apartments on the second floor may still have been habitable.

The FDNY said that the fire started around 6 p.m. and was under control about 20 minutes later. Three firefighters were sent to Bellevue with non-life-threatening injuries.