Park Slope Women On Guard After 11th Incident Linked To Sex Assault Spree

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were increasing patrols in Park Slope Thursday night after another woman was sexually assaulted.  It was the 11th incident linked to a sexual assault spree since March, prompting a growing sense of fear and frustration.

“We just don’t know who’s going to be the next victim and it’s really scary,” Julie Pena told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Pena is also frustrated, wondering if police can be doing more to find those responsible for the assaults.

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“Why can’t they have policewomen wearing skirts, texting on phones, walking around in heels up and down the block?” she asked.

Police said they have increased patrols and the presence of plainclothes officers. Still, Erin Kalagassy said she was followed just a few days ago.

“I turned around and sort of stared at him like, I realize what you’re doing, and he turned around and walked back,” Kalagassy said.

The latest attack happened as the victim was leaving the Prospect Avenue subway station.

Guardian Angels made their presence known at the subways and on the sidewalks, but some women weren’t taking chances.

Nighttime has been the prime time for the attacks. So far, police only have two video images of the suspects.

Last week, the community sent a message with a take back the streets march and this week, residents met with police. Cops say there are two and maybe three men behind the attempted rapes.

Despite the danger, some refuse to give into the fear.

“I’m not changing my routine, I’m just making sure I’m more on my guard,” Kyri Kipriadis said.

Is enough being done by authorities to prevent these attacks?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • Prospect Ave

    72 PCT officers are lazy. Inspector Pintos should be fired.


    And useless, and lazy, and corrupt (though that was probably more widespread during Serpico days/ key word:PROBABLY). Did I mention overpaid?

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  • Jen

    You people are sooooooo ignorant we are talking about RAPE. Who cares if they are liberal? What the hell does that have to do with anything?

    Anyway can the Guardian Angels look after 25th street train station.. I am afraid for my well being as well as my partners and neighbors.. Thank you

    • Dante

      Because you stupid li bs sets up the conditions to “enable” folks like these to do the things being discussed here? You ask for it. You got it.

  • NYC42A

    Women too are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them Life, Libery and the pursuit of Happiness. Walking the streets in fear does not bring liberty or happiness and it is only a matter of time before one of these attack ends in a murder. At the very least women should be allowed to carry stun guns or tasers. It is obvious the police can’t be everywhere to protect them. Let them at least be able to protect themselves.

    • hostilenative

      No matter what the hateful idiots spewed below, humanity & law says no one, yuppie, junkie, unsavvy etc may be attacked or raped, that both are severely violent crimes,& that at anytime it can sneak into any neighborhood where idiots’ wives, sisters, children, mothers, girlfriends & grandmothers live.

  • Joe of B'hurst

    Prospect Avenue station is like 19th Street. I would not really call this Park Slope. This is a gritty section of Brooklyn that has old wooden single family homes wedged between large apartment buildings.

    The area has seen a lot of out of state college grads renting here as opposed to the original residents who are working class heroin addicts. The victims are the former, with no street savvy. This neighborhood has always had a high crime rate; I don’t know what the police are going to do now.

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