Officials Hit The Pavement To Hunt For Alleged Attacker
The hunt continues for a man who reportedly attacked and raped a 22- year-old young girl in the vicinity of Brooklyn College on February 2nd. In an effort to get the word out on the suspect and ask for the public's help in tracking him down, City Councilman Jumaane Williams hit the streets last week, handing out flyers about the incident.
Appropriately he, along with Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Women's Issues Committee Chair, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, stationed themselves in front of the subway entrance at 1559 Flatbush Avenue last Thursday morning and doled out the flyers - which included a sketch of the suspect.
"Our shared mission is for this community to be a safe place for young people to learn and grow, so when a young woman is sexually assaulted in our own backyard, it affects every one of us,” said Williams. “That is why I hope we can spread this information so we can unite in strength in this important hour."
According to police, surveillance footage caught the terrifying attack of a woman during the early morning hours near Brooklyn College. The video shows a man dragging a woman into an alleyway after first approaching her near East 27th Street and Glenwood Road at about 9:45 a.m.
The man then allegedly punched the victim several times and then raped her. The victim told police that after the attack, he told her he had a gun. He then proceded to take her money and cell phone, which, as shown on the surveillance video, he hurled over a wall so she couldn't call for help.
The suspect is described as about 5'6”, about 160 pounds, black, bald and in his 20s with a medium build. At the time of the incident, he was seen wearing a blue New York Yankees baseball cap with a white brim and a dark gray jacket. The Monday following the attack, Brooklyn College issued an advisory and alert to students and staff to be vigilant when traveling in the area.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.