Police: Jeffrey Ritter Arrested In Sex Assault Of Elderly Woman On Upper East Side

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man with a long rap sheet was arrested in the brutal sex assault of an 85-year-old woman on the Upper East Side, police said.

Jeffrey Ritter, 32, was arraigned Thursday on charges of committing a criminal sexual act, assault, robbery and sexual abuse. As he walked out of the NYPD’s Special Victims office Thursday he told reporters, “It wasn’t me.”

Police said the attack happened around 5:40 a.m. Monday on 83rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues as the  85-year-old woman was on her morning walk.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Ritter Told Reporters “It Wasn’t Me”

Surveillance video obtained by CBS 2 shows the suspect dragging the woman in a headlock along the sidewalk. Moments later, police said, the suspect forced the elderly victim to perform a sex act in the stairwell of a building which is less than a block away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Ritter was previously arrested in August 2000 in Nebraska for the robbery and assault of a child. The child’s age was not disclosed.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond With Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted sex assault and was sentenced to two to four years in prison. It is unclear how much time Ritter actually served.

Ritter was again arrested in Arkansas for failing to register as a sex offender, Kelly said.

Ritter has been arrested at least 11 times all across the United States — including in Minnesota, North Dakota and California.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria with details of the arrest

His arrest in East New York came following a tip from a woman received on Tuesday. Two patrol officers stopped and questioned Ritter but released him because they didn’t have “probable cause” to make an arrest, Kelly said.

After police discovered Ritter’s past record, he was taken into custody on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender in New York. He was then arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday on charges in connection with the sex attack on the 85-year-old woman.

Kelly said Ritter has made written and video taped confessions.

Neighbors said Ritter managed the building where he lived in East New York. Police said he also made money as a tattoo artist.

Ritter’s arrest brought relief to residents of what is widely viewed as one of the city’s safer neighborhoods.

Kathy Jolowicz, president and founding member of the East 83rd-84th Block Association, said the assault rattled the affluent area.

“I’m a woman [living] alone, and I can understand the helplessness that she must have felt,” Jolowicz said.

The victim is recovering in the hospital.

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  • iggy

    pater reekin if i ever saw one

  • Chris

    The reason every one is focusing on race is because when this first happened the building door man described the attacker as being Hispanic. Then you had all these moron racist white people writing racist remarks about Hispanics. Now that they find out he is a white guy wishing he was Latin, the table have turns on the whites. I don’t know how the black people comments got on the board, I guess they get blamed even if they had nothing to do with it. LOL

    • Tyrone McNelis

      Chris, the reason black people were bought into this discussion, and the only reason I commented in the first place, was because blogger Rob K wrote, verbatim:

      “If this were a black guy there would be 50 thousand post about what is wrong with all black people.”

      Race has absolutely NOTHING to do with this case. And a WHITE person didn’t start talking about him being a Hispanic or white, a HISPANIC or a BLACK person did.

      As IneedzaBeer below said, “Who’s the racist? Get a life moron!”

      Understand now?

    • IneedzaBeer

      Tell me again please? Who’s the racist?..Get a life moron!

    • NYCHAD

      Actually, if you’d watched the video clip, CBS is reporting that he is an adopted Latino, hency the waspy name. Regardless of his heritage, he’s a monster.

  • DigitalBob

    Lube up Jeffrey and I hope you enjoy Attica.. You’re gping to spend more time bent over than standing up.

  • Tyrone McNelis

    To all you morons who insist on bringing race into this, listen for a second.

    The fact that some are taking pleasure out of the fact that this man is white and are saying “If he was black…” just means that having a white person committing this kind of crime and getting this kind of coverage doesn’t happen NEARLY as much as when it’s a black person. Hey, you’re saying it by focusing on his being white. I’m just telling you why you’re saying it, even if you don’t realize it.

    As far as his being white, I had serious doubts. Doubts because I don’t think a white person can commit this kind of crime? Of course not. They make punks in many colors. I had doubts because he LOOKS HISPANIC! After doing a little research, I found out that he has a tattoo that says “”SHLK”” for “Six Hood Latin Kings,” a gang in Chicago.

    Since when does a white person EVER have a tat of the Latin Kings? They’re literally shoot him if that was the case.

    Grow up people. This guy’s a piece of s____t. It has NOTHING to do with race.

    • lexicondevil

      Thank you, Tyrone, very well put…

      • Tyrone McNelis

        Thank you :)

  • jude

    I can hardly wait until someone puts his UGLY snout in a head lock
    drags him through the cell block and has him give BJs to the
    entire yard.


    I hope he gets raped in prison.

  • nathan

    And comments here once again prove no one moderates this site

  • nathan

    Want your criminals caught in 72 hrs? Move to the upper east side. Its nice here :)

  • JACK

    Nice guy. NOT! Jeff Ritter even looks creepy. Guilty as charged. Put him away for a good while.

  • Gregg

    I would like to see follow up postings after the arrests of these criminals, to see what kind of sentencing in jail they have received if any ? PLEASE MORE FOLLOW UP REPORTING ON THESE CRIMINALS ! Sorry my cap was locked.

  • soulman72

    I am just glad he was caught , I pray justice is swift and he recieves a long prison term.

  • Vic sloan

    i heard it was 2 guys….Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata

  • Brooklyn McDirtyshoes

    He looks inncocent to me. My money’s on him getting released after further investigation.

  • Elizabeth

    What difference does it make what color he is. Wrong is wrong

  • Elizabeth

    What this man did was despicable and he shou;d go to jail. Many people get angry but are you showing your true self in your comments? Maybe you need help so you don’t end up in jail for being a violent person

  • CC

    Well hopefully he stays in jail and doesn’t get off on a technicality. Pehaps he’ll have a roomate in prison all too happy to make him perform sex acts.

  • rob k

    This blog is somewhat disappointing. If this were a black guy there would be 50 thousand post about what is wrong with all black people. Should I assume that all 30 something White guys rape old ladies. Hey, it seems to be the appropriate thought mode on the internet.

    Just saying

    • Tryone McNelis

      Since you seem to like to focus on race, especially when the opportunity arises to bring it into a forum where a WHITE person commits a crime usually “reserved” for blacks, I’ll tell you why some people let their thoughts stray to issues of race. These aren’t opinions BTW, they’re FACTS.

      — Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
      — Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
      — Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
      — Blacks are statistically 50x more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice-versa.

      Just saying


      • Chucky Brown

        It’s about socioeconomic status, lack of access to resources and opportunity, and all sorts of other factors…but not race. Do you really still believe, in this day and age, that there are certain qualities that are specific to race?

        Jesus, people are stupid.

      • The Facts

        There always have been criminals and there always will be crime. Human nature is not perfect. The excuses, however, are really rather tiresome and irrelevant.

      • Tryone McNelis

        Who’s talking about “qualities specific to race”? I merely cited crime statistics based on race in response to someone who DID bring race into it and who was talking about a white person committing this crime. He wondered why people sometimes focus on race when talking about other crimes. These statistics were cited merely to explain why some people do focus on race when it comes to violent crimes. The race factor is probably commented on because of the substantial percentage of violent crimes being committed by a certain race, even while they make up a far smaller percentage of the U.S. population. If you want to call this “Qualities specific to race”, that’s your business. You might not want to use the word “qualities” though.

        You mention socioeconomic status. Is that to be used as an excuse? People were lacking in socioeconomic status in years past in this country and they didn’t resort to violent crimes in these numbers.

        Lack of resources and opportunity? LOL! What resources might you be talking about? I’ve lived in the Bronx all my life and they have access to anything and everything a white person does. As a matter of fact, blacks seem to make up the majority of EMPLOYEES in social services offices.

        Lack of opportunity? Tell that to Obama. The pinnacle of power & success was reached in 2008, so that reason is now a moot point.

        I won’t resort to the name-calling you did though. Solid reasoning and facts are far more effective.

    • Jeanette Rodríguez-Sánchez

      So true! And no one is mentioning that for the last week they have been accusing a “hispanic male” with this crime.

      • The Facts

        That’s because he is Hispanic! Did you look at his photo?

    • Elizabeth

      rob you are right This blog is disapointing. People are showing how violent they can be. This has nothing to do with the mans color it is what he did and for that he should go to jail

    • Robert

      very true….at first it was thought that he was latino.

  • Nick

    I feel for this woman. In your later years of life after working your entire life rasing a family Just trying to get by I thug comes by and trys to take away what you earned over the years.
    Jail is to good for this type of person
    taking his life is way to good
    Maybe him in a small room by himself with no contact with anyone for 20 years
    three meals a day under the door
    No contact with anyone

  • dp

    Great job NYPD for catching this guy so quickly.
    He will soon meet his makers in prison..they do not like bullies like this guy. Enjoy prison loser.

  • Ron

    Thankful he was caught, now he MUST do some real long time in prison.
    50 years sounds good to me.

  • Frank Connelly

    It’s very sad that there are sick low-lifes walking on the streets next to us. Thank god he was caught

  • Comm. Kelly

    Some one needs to beat this creep to a pulp split his head brake his bones and hang him in Central PArk!

  • Dan


    You are purposefully instigating on this thread. I think it is pretty clear that anyone who forces someone to do anything against their will is wrong, and there are witnesses to attest to the suspect forcefully dragging this octogenarian away in a headlock, which is violent. You stated above, no doubt to further instigate, that violence is unacceptable. Therefore, by your logic, this “youngster” is not innocent because he was violent. Never mind that the woman is likely a great-grandmother. Never mind the details. This is very likely a sick person who needs to be locked away so he does not do this again. I feel very sorry for you because obviously you feel the need to be a troll and try and make people angry on threads. That’s it – just that I feel bad for you.

  • Mariane S

    @SIGMUND FRUIT……………YOU are very sick and twisted person

  • Cathy McEntee

    He should be castrated!

  • don

    why dont you share his cell and make love to the youngster ?

  • nyc

    Was this gang related ? Sick people in a sick/violent society. With jails being so overcrowded, if he is convicted, will probabaly be back out on the streets in 6 months ! Sad. Send him to Iraq or northern Pakistan and see how tough he is !

  • Tom the Bomb

    I say cut his d*ck and balls off , cook them up and serve them as sausage and scrambled eggs for his breakfast tomorrow. Then throw him in jail for the rest of his miserable life (with a picture on the wall of his sliced off junk ).

  • JL from NJ

    Sigmund, the only individual here looking for attention in here is you, you little sick FU@K. Here is an idea, why don’t you come out tonight at whatever time your soul desires, let me know where you will be and what you will be wearing and I will be sure I give you exactly what you want and need! A big kick to your forehead you stupid ignorant prick!

    How does that sound?

    • Ann

      maybe someone should send that “youngster” your way to give you what you’re looking for. You’re a very depraved person. you need help!

    • Vik

      Before or after the entire population of NYC does the same thing to you, you stupid piece of fruitcake. Calling yourself Sigmund is an insult to guys called Sigmund.

    • Jeebs

      Idiocy is unacceptable to society, you should just go to hell. Not every woman walking on the streets in early AM hours is “asking” for it.

  • George

    They should castrate this thug and then release him into the general prison population.

  • Matt

    So glad!! What a despicable person!

  • Peter

    Hang him !!!! set an example they might think twice next time !!!!

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