LES Community On Edge With Sex Assault Suspect On The Loose

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A community is on edge after two teenage girls were attacked in the same apartment complex on the Lower East Side.

CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne spoke to a woman who said she had a close call with the suspected rapist.

“Just a guy came in the elevator. I punched my number, and he didn’t punch his number, so I got a little suspicious,” Natalie Vera said. “I got out on my floor, and I kind of remember him that night.”

Vera said her instincts told her something was wrong when the man followed her into the elevator of her apartment building. She believes it’s the same man police said later tried to rape a teenage girl at knifepoint.

“Even the detectives told me I was really, really lucky – someone’s watching over me or something,” she said.

Police said the man attacked the 17-year-old girl after following her into the elevator at the LaGuardia houses on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They said the suspect threatened her at knifepoint, forced her into a nearby stairwell and tried to rape her, but that she was able to fight him off.

In January, the man allegedly did the same thing at another building in the complex. Police say that time, the man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman.

Residents in the community are now on high alert, and police posted signs throughout the complex with pictures of the suspect.

“I grew up in this area, I know a lot of people around here, so I’m definitely keeping an eye out for this guy,” resident Mike Lopez said.

Police said the suspect took pictures on his cell phone of the woman he raped.

  • denise

    pray to god that ,this hurricane dies down and slowly go away and do not hit us.at first was worried because my husband and my eight year old daughter are vacationing in ponce p.r.the hurricane pass threw there ,but thank god they are alright.now they worried about me .but i told them not to come until the hurricane is gone.and told them that i will be alright. i told i love them very much .

    • tori

      i told them i love very much. that is what this woman is trying to say . i could understand .we are all in this,god is in everyone’s prayers.

  • Rod in

    Are you sure it’s rape? It could just be a misunderstood foreplay. I know I knock out my women first before I can love them.

  • David

    He must be Hispanic. deSPICable.

  • kendra

    they fat butts is about to get plowed in that butt do please don,t drop the soap ok..

  • danjan

    get this monkey off the streets!

  • linjaynes@earthlink.net

    Bill Burns racist statement

  • John Gulino

    Tracy Morgan?

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