2013-05-23 / Other News

Rapist Near Brooklyn College Vicinity Arrested

By Sam Akhtar

Surveillance video 
Courtesy of N. Y. P. D. Surveillance video Courtesy of N. Y. P. D. Brooklyn College students and East Flatbush residents can rest a little easier now with the arrest of an alleged rapist on Thursday, May 16th.

Eric Dancy, 25, was arrested for the alleged rape of a 22-year-old Brooklyn College female student. The February 2nd attack was captured by surveillance video and allegedly shows Dancy approaching the victim and dragging her into an alleyway near East 27th and Glenwood Road at approximately 9:45 a.m.

The footage also shows Dancy apparently punching the victim several times and then raping her. He then told the victim he had a gun and proceeded to demand she hand over money and her cell phone. In the video released by the NYPD, the perpetrator appears to hurl the victim’s phone over a wall so she could not call for help following the rape.

The brazen morning attack sent shockwaves through the community. Members of the City Council, including Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn (DManhattan), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Jumaane Williams (DBrooklyn) canvassed the neighborhood handing out flyers with a police sketch seeking the public’s help. In a statement following Dancy’s arrest, Councilman Williams said, “The Brooklyn College community is safer today because a rapist has been taken off our streets. I thank the hard-working men and women of the 70th Precinct for their dedication these last few months in bringing this culprit into custody and keeping me informed on the investigation throughout the process.”

According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, Dancy was arraigned on Friday, May 17th. He is being charged with rape, robbery, assault and committing a criminal sexual act along with a host of other counts.

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