Nassau County Police Arrest Man For Alleged Rape During Break-In Robbery In Hempstead

MINEAOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County police say they’ve arrested one of three men they were looking for following a shocking break-in and sexual assault Sunday night in Hempstead.

Police say Wiseallah Hightower-Castro, 24, of 2 Sparks Place in Lynbrook faces rape, robbery, burglary and more charges.

The incident went down on Grove Street. That’s when a masked gunman knocked on the door, joined to by two knife-wielding cohorts.

They shoved their way into the apartment, robbing three victims of their money and cell phones.

That’s when two of the men grabbed a 44-year-old woman, dragged her into a bathroom, and sexually assaulted her.

“(They) forced (her) into a bathroom where it’s alleged that she was sexually assaulted by two of the men simultaneously, a significant assault,” Det. Lt. Raymond Cote told CBS2’s Kathryn Brown.

One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, was taken downstairs to an apartment occupied by two 50-year-old women. Once again, the women were robbed of cell phones and cash. One of the women started to have a seizure during the robbery.

A 47-year-old woman being held upstairs seized the opportunity to leap out a window and ran to a neighbor’s house. They called the cops.

That’s when the bandits took off.

Police are still hunting for Hightower-Castro’s two alleged accomplices.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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  • Robert Moses

    This is another case of Mike Bloomberg deliberately and ILLEGALLY exporting New York City’s crime to the suburbs. Everybody knows that REAL Americans live in suburbs, and therefore CRIME BELONGS IN CITIES. New York City owes us big time for imposing its crime on us.

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