Rape Victim Sues NYCHA After Attack at Baruch Houses

577 FDR Drive.

577 FDR Drive.

According to the New York Post, the victim of a rape at the Baruch Houses this past November has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority.

Police arrested 20-year-old Robert Bowie and charged him with the attack, as well as two other attempted rapes on the Lower East Side on the same day. Police said Bowie was waiting in a stairwell near the woman’s apartment. He’s accused of forcing his way inside and brutally attacking the 40-year-old victim. The locks were broken on the front door of the building, located at 577 FDR Drive.

The lawsuit states that the locks were “broken, unsafe [and] hazardous.” The woman is asking for unspecified damages. A NYCHA spokesperson told the Post that security is a “top priority” but declined to comment specifically on this lawsuit.

Residents of the Baruch Houses say door locks throughout the sprawling complex are routinely broken. The front door was unlocked when we stopped by 577 FDR Drive earlier today.

Bowie pleaded not guilty and is being held on $150,000 bail.

Teens Plead Guilty to Raping Woman on Eldridge Street


Surveillance video; suspects in the victim’s apartment building.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to rape and robbery charges in connection with the attack of a woman on Eldridge Street last summer. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Sanat Asliev, Emanuel Burrowes and Erik Pek met their 33-year-old victim in an internet cafe shortly before 4 a.m. on June 1, 2015. The teens had escaped from a halfway house in Brooklyn. Prosecutors said they dragged the victim to a building at 54 Eldridge St., sexually assaulting her in the stairwell.  They then stole the woman’s keys and broke into her Chelsea apartment building.

“In just two hours,” said D.A. Cy Vance, “these defendants committed a spree of violent felonies across downtown neighborhoods… The actions taken by these young men are truly unforgiveable. No prison sentence can account for the pain and trauma that these defendants caused the survivor in this case, but I hope that these convictions will provide a sense of closure for her.”

Boys Town, the Brooklyn group home where the teens lived, was shut down following the arrests of the three suspects last year.

Three Teens Arrested After Rape of Woman in 5th Precinct

Rapist Going to Prison For 25 Years Following Attack on Lower East Side Woman

A man from Queens has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the brutal rape of a woman on the Lower East Side last year.

Police Searching For Suspect in Rape on Attorney Street

On the morning of October 9th, a Sunday, we reported that a police helicopter had been brought in to search for a rape suspect, after a woman was attacked on Attorney Street. Now police have released security camera video showing the suspect just before the attack occurred.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m.  In the video, you can see the man stop and leave a hat on the hood of a car. Police say the suspect came up from behind and sexually assaulted the woman on the sidewalk, near Rivington Street.  She fought him off. He then ran back towards the camera and picked up the hat, before fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as a 20 to 22-year-old man, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He weighed about 160 pounds with a skinny build. If you have any information, call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Here’s the video:

Man Arrested for Alleged Rape in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

DNA Info reports a 41-year old woman was robbed and raped in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at about 2 a.m. this past Thursday morning.  Police have arrested a suspect, 31-year old Yeison Riano, of Queens. More from NYC Park Advocates via A Walk in the Park NYC:

Observant NYPD officers saw… Riano leaving the scene. The alleged incendent occurred in Sara D Roosevelt Park at Stanton & Forsythe St. (opposite 204 Forsythe St.) on Thursday June 23rd… according to law enforcement sources. The victim was treated at Beth Israel Hospital. The (alleged) assailant – who lives off the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens – was transported to the 5th Precinct. Riano was charged with 1st Degree Rape, Rape of a helpless individual, and Robbery.
According to DNA Info, Raino was released yesterday on $10,000 bail.