Rapist Loose on the Lower East Side; 3 Women Attacked In 3 Hours
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Police are scrambling to locate a rapist who is loose on the streets of the Lower East Side following a string of criminal activity early yesterday morning. The assailant is believed responsible for a rape, attempted rape, and robbery, all within the short timeframe of three hours.
According to the authorities, the perp first struck at 5:40am yesterday, having followed a 33-year-old victim into her apartment building on James Street. He allegedly tried to rape and rob the woman, but was fought back and eventually fled the scene.
Exactly two hours later, the same man followed a 24-year-old woman into her Broome Street apartment. Cops say that he grabbed her by the shoulders and swiped her ID-card from her hand. Once she began screaming, dude bolted.
If that’s not bad enough, the attacker gained access to a stairwell in 577 FDR Drive (Baruch Houses) at 8:45am, allegedly due to a busted lock on the front door; a problem residents had been desperately trying to get fixed. There he lie in wait, eventually forcing a 40-year-old woman from the stairs into her apartment, where he raped her and stole a cell phone.
Police describe the perp as being a black male in his mid-20’s to 30’s and about 5-foot-9.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.