Police Make Arrest In Williamsburg Sex Attacks

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The NYPD announced late Thursday night it had made an arrest following an investigation into a pair of sexual assaults in Brooklyn this month.

CBS 2 learned earlier in the day that police had been questioning a “person of interest” in connection with the attacks. However, they have since arrested 21-year-old Rayquan Williams of Brooklyn and hit him with a series of charges, including sex abuse, menacing and robbery.

Police said both attacks occurred around 8 a.m. in a busy area of Williamsburg just a block away from the 90th Precinct.

On New Year’s Day, the suspect allegedly followed a 63-year-old woman into an elevator, threatened her with a weapon, forced her off on the 7th floor and then sexually assaulted her, police said.

Several people who live in the building told CBS 2 they know the victim.

“We say ‘hello’ and she looks like a nice person,” neighbor Eva Ocasio told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“I would warn her life a couple times to be careful, because there’s different people coming in and out of the building and you have to be aware of that,” said Lisa Figueroa, who also lives in the building.

Police said the suspect struck again on Wednesday, this time following a 49-year-old woman into an elevator before forcing her off on the 15th floor. Police said the attacker fled after the victim fought back and screamed for help and banged on apartment doors.

Residents in the area told CBS 2 that they were concerned, but not terribly surprised.

“I’m not surprised at all,” one man said. “It’s a bad neighborhood in many ways. It’s a good neighborhood and it’s bad. We have good and bad everywhere.”

Some residents said the suspect is well known in the neighborhood and that he used to frequent a store in the area every day, but when CBS 2 showed employees and customers at the bodega pictures of the suspect, no one could identify him.

Police have not said what type of weapon the suspect had, or claimed to have had, but they believe he was armed and dangerous.

Women in Williamsburg were on high alert.

“I walk with my daughter. I always walk with somebody, and if I don’t know them I don’t get on the elevator,” Anita Spizay said. “I’d rather wait for the next one to go on up.”

A surveillance camera near the location of Wednesday’s attack captured footage of the suspect.

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  • prettyBoy

    Listen i know this kid and i know he didnt do it trust me he has no problem getting women and at that pretty women, these are older non attractive women.I also know that he isnt that stupid to rob and sex,assult a woman that lives in the same builing as he does.And trust me if he was to go to prison for this or anything else he will be ok he can defend himself very well.

  • kwame

    we should allow the law to take course.kwame

  • Sanford Hall

    Put him away for LIFE. Weazel


  • Mohammad

    This is what happens when you have a profligate society like yours. That is why when we muslims say our Laws are best you find it irritating.

    • Mike

      I’ve spent time in muslim countries, Mo. The people walk around expressionless and scared of their own governments. Walk around any christian country and people smile and laugh because they are secure in the knowledge that some 7th century lunatic won’t arrest them for something that “offends” their religion.

    • Alfred

      Muslims law encourage muslims to attack Christians in Churches and kill them. There is no Christian country where a mosque has ever been attacked and muslims killed.

    • D

      Then leave, please. What would be even worse than that is a cartoon of the prophet…LOL

    • nick mangold

      shut up monkey

  • エドガー 死んだ

    Well, let’s just say one thing, at least the assailant’s not a pedophile. Seems more like a direct opposite of it in fact.

    • Richie

      yea a gerio-phile. lol

    • fern

      would that be geriatryphile?

  • wellingtone

    everybody is innocent until proved guilty in a court of law, lets give that person a chance to defend himself for justice to prevail

    • Hmmm

      Please go see an optometrist soon. I will try to adjust my hearing aid appropriately when the next 21 yr. old is assisting you pick-up the quarter on the floor when you are 63 yrs. old. Ignorance is bliss, but spelling and grammar can be a challenge for many individuals. All the way with wellington – for justice to prevail.while you pay the bill.

  • Rob

    God needs to hit ‘Delete’ and start over.

  • Dr. Zizmor

    My prescription? Sawed off shotgun applied directly to the groin area. Repeat as necessary.

    • AO.

      Your prescription sounds appropriate doctor, but may not be required right now. After —– a 63 yr. old woman on New Years Day, He may not need them after sitting in upstate for awhile with the boys. I hear that there like to play ball. Generally, what goes around comes around in life .

    • John

      I could not agree more!

  • Tina

    Is that Jay Z? That looks like Jay Z.

    • Ignorante Elephante

      He’s a dead ringer for Jay-Z. Jay-Z’s from the area to boot.

    • Gary P

      You guys are sick!!!

    • Murray Hill

      Haha you’re so right. As soon as I looked at the picture I was like “Oh boy Hova’s in trouble this time”

  • Jack Berman

    NYPD allows deadly force to be sed in order to stop a Rape, an Arson, or any situation in which a person’s life is in danger.
    I say if you see this two legged animal, kill him with any weapon available.
    Save our taxpayers’ the cost of supporting him in jail for the next 20 years.
    Help our sanitation men keep our streets clean and free of this kind of garbage.

    • raykenn

      Except the state of New York does not allow honest citizens to possess the tools to defend themselves. Typical liberal catch-22

  • Steve

    Wow – another piece of garbage – I can’t wait for this guy to get dropped into the incinerator. We should let his victims throw the switch. I would laugh if I could watch that.

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