Cops Search For Suspects in Robbery, Chokehold Attack at La Guardia Houses

Police are looking for three suspects who put a resident of a Lower East Side building in a chokehold until he passed out — and then robbed him.

More Information on Attacks at Laguardia Houses

More details this morning on the suspect in the attacks on young women at the LaGuardia Houses.

As we reported over the weekend, police arrested Bronx resident Joseph Quirindongo in connection with two incidents, the most recent of which occurred on April 14th.

He’s been charged with attempted rape, assault and committing a criminal sex act.

DNA Info reports:

…On April 14, Quirindongo, who has a sealed arrest from 2008, followed a 17-year-old girl into an elevator at a building on Clinton and Madison Streets, court papers said. He allegedly told the victim, “If you don’t do what I say, I’ll cut your head off” and held a knife in front of her face. Quirindongo then dragged the girl by the hair into a stairwell and tried to sexually assault her, but she was able to fight him off, court papers said. At his arraignment Saturday, prosecutors said that the suspect allegedly left behind DNA and was spotted on surveillance footage casing both scenes.

Suspect Arrested In Lower East Side Attacks

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with two attacks that took place inside the LaGuardia Houses, on Clinton Street. Bronx resident Joseph Quirindongo, 20 years old, was taken into custody late last night and charged with attempted rape, assault and committing a criminal sex act.

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect shortly after an incident that took place April 14th. According to officers, Quirindongo used a knife to force a young woman from an elevator and into a stairwell. She was able to fight him off.  Police believe Quirindongo was responsible for a similar crime in the same housing complex last year. In the earlier attack, a woman was raped.

The Daily News reported Quirindongo was “led by cops from the Special Victims Unit stationhouse in East Harlem (last night), but he kept his eyes closed tightly and refused to answer reporters’ questions.”

New Security Video Released in Clinton Street Attack

As previously reported, Police are trying to find a suspect who tried to rape a woman in a building stairwell April 14th.  They say he used a knife to force her from an elevator in the Laguardia Houses on Clinton Street, but she was able to fight him off and he fled. Now the NYPD has released surveillance video clearly showing the suspect:

Investigators believe the suspect is also responsible for the rape of a woman in another part of the Laguardia public housing complex on the morning of January 18th, 2010.

The suspect is described as 17 to 25 years old, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall and heavy set.  If you have information about either incident, call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) — enter TIP577.