The father of the woman who was attacked and sexually abused on April 30 by a man who pushed into her third-floor apartment on W. 14th St. near Eighth Ave, was still seeking the help of neighbors this week in finding the suspect.
As previously reported, the father, who asked not to be named, recently added $3,000 to the police Crime Stoppers $2,000 award that was offered in handbills distributed July 28 at Eighth Ave. and W. 14th St. He is cooperating with the investigation by detectives from the Police Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
The victim, 24, moved out of her apartment that night after the attack, her father said.
“The guy knew where she lived — he pushed in and attacked her in her kitchen. I couldn’t let her stay there, so I borrowed an apartment that night and got her out of there immediately,” he told The Villager in a telephone interview. She now lives in another area of Manhattan, her father said. “She loved the neighborhood and was active in the community but she couldn’t stay there,” he added.
“Neighbors must have heard her scream — she has a pair of lungs and she scared the guy off — but nobody did anything about it,” he said.
“I’m surprised merchants in the area didn’t come up with a reward. A guy like that walking around has got to hurt the community. He might have done it before and he’ll probably it again to someone else. It’s scary. Maybe for $5,000 or $10,000, someone who knows who he is would give him up,” he said.
The suspect was described as Hispanic, about age 30, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, 175 pounds, with dark hair in a long ponytail and wearing a tight, white “do-rag” on his head. The suspect was wearing a white tunic, like a restaurant deliveryman. Anyone with information should phone 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and refer to Crime Stoppers poster No. M-751.
A Brooklyn man, 24, was talking on his cell phone at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 9, on the northwest corner of Seventh Ave. and 12th St. when a stranger approached, demanded all the victim’s money and said he had a gun, adding, “Don’t tell anybody or you’ll get [screwed] up.” The victim handed over $94 and called police after the suspect fled east on Greenwich Ave. Sixth Precinct Officer Susana Michael spotted a suspect on Greenwich Ave. near Charles St. fitting the description given by the victim and arrested Tyrone Davis, 26. The victim identified Davis, who was charged with robbery.
The barmaid at Reservoir bar, 70 University Place, refused to serve a patron who had already had too much at 8:30 p.m. Mon., Aug. 2, police said. The patron became enraged, picked up a bar stool and hurled it along the bar, breaking the glass from a lamp. The shattering glass cut the barmaid’s face, police said. David O’Callaghan, 26, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree felony assault.
Local man released
A 19-year-old Greenwich Village resident who was arrested with a 17-year-old suspect on the night of Aug. 3 in connection with three robberies with a fake handgun in Central Park, was released with no charges filed because the victims were unable to identify him. Dritton Rexhaj, identified in a New York Post article as a Horatio St. resident, was released a few hours after his arrest.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said, according to the Post. The suspect who was charged, Jesse Wasserman, 17, of New Rochelle, was identified by the three victims, who told police one robber held the fake gun while the other took their belongings. Wasserman had been expelled from a pricey Vermont prep school in January, the Post said. The arrests were made at E. 68th St. at Park Ave.