More attacks and fears over the Slope Sex Fiend

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Police that have been swarming a wide swath south of Ninth Street to catch the so-called South Slope Sex Fiend just missed capturing a suspect on Wednesday morning — a botched arrest that came amid frayed nerves that may have contributed to a separate incident involving the beating of an innocent man.

Park Slope residents say cops frantically searched 13th Street at 1 am on Sept. 28, looking into backyards with flashlights after two undercover officers ordered a man to the ground, but he fled toward Eighth Avenue.

Police later said that the chase had nothing to do with the fiend who is wanted in at least 11 attacks — but that didn’t calm locals.

“It just seemed like a larger action than a routine stop-and-frisk,” said 13th Street resident Steve Hubbell. “Police are doubly vigilant right now.”

In all 11 attacks, victims have described the fiend as a short Hispanic man — and some suspect that the description led to Wednesday morning’s brutal beating of a man on Sixth Avenue near 18th Street. In that 2 am incident, a witness said that two white men approached the Hispanic victim, saying, “Why are you here? What are you doing? Go back home!” before mercilessly pummeling him.

The witness called 911, and cops took the man away but didn’t ask her for information. When she went to police hours later, they brushed her off.

“I tried to mention that I was hoping this wasn’t related to all the stepping up to find the so-called ‘Hispanic rapist,’ ” said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “They were laughing at me.”

Police at the 72nd Precinct said that the victim was intoxicated and that he was taken him to the hospital. The case is closed, an officer said, because there were no bona fide witnesses — making this one of several incidents where police and citizen accounts vastly differ.

Whatever the truth, the stepped-up patrols and the three different “Wanted” posters in every window have put the entire neighborhood so on edge that every brush is a potential attack and everyone is suspect.

For instance, on Sept. 24, a drunk man bumped into a woman from behind on E. Fourth Street and Greenwood Avenue.

“What are you doing?” she screamed, and the man walked away.

Her jitters came on the heels of the 11th confirmed attack on Sept. 21 by the attempted rapist — or rapists — who’ve terrorized the area since March.

In the latest harrowing attack, a creep groped a woman near Fourth and Prospect avenues. The 29-year-old victim told cops that she had just exited the Prospect Avenue R train station at 9:05 pm when the monster snuck up from behind, grabbed her breasts and fled after she screamed.

Police describe the suspect as a thin 5-foot-7 man, 19- to 24-years-old and weighing about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, baggy dark jeans and a black baseball cap.

“The victim’s description fits with the pattern of attempted assaults,” said a police source. “And it’s typical with the other incidents. She was grabbed from behind by surprise.”

Fear of attack has prompted residents and local pols to hold rallies in the streets, organize self-defense classes and circulate “Wanted” posters alongside cops, who boosted their patrols in late August.

Police originally sought only one South Slope sicko following the first incident on March 20. The suspect — described as 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds — attacked a 24-year-old woman at 11:30 pm on 16th Street near Fourth Avenue.

Following a series of attempted rapes over the summer, detectives released a second sketch of the same suspect.

Cops recently began circulating a third police sketch for a Sept. 4 incident, when a sicko attacked a woman near 49th Street in Sunset Park at 3:40 am. She fought him off.

It was only after two attacks in Park Slope on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 that cops announced there was more than one fiend on the loose.

Many residents aren’t convinced that cops are doing enough.

“This is like theater,” said South Slope resident Alexandra Benavente. “Police come here and tell us they’ve increased the police presence, but we never see them around at night.”

Anyone with information on the South Slope rapists is asked to call Brooklyn Special Victims Squad at (718) 230-4415, not Crime Stoppers.

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Botswana from Park Slope says:
All citizens should tape (audio or video) interactions with police. This way when police lie to our faces and say there are no witnesses, we can expose them. Just in relation to the slope sex attacks, I can think of three separate cases where they have either ignored people with evidence, eyewitness accounts, or released information that contradicts what citizens are reporting.

Seriously, when you talk to them record your phone calls, and when you talk to them, set your phone to take an audio recording of the conversation. If you try to take video footage they will get angry and aggressive like you are somehow preventing them from doing their job. If they were doing their job and had nothing to hide they wouldn't be self conscious about being filmed, and people wouldn't feel the need to film them in the first place.

Wake up call to Park Slopers, a lot of the police laugh at you behind your backs. They hate you for gentrifying neighborhoods. Instead of protecting you they rationalize that you don't deserve protection because you make yourself into a mark by being "wealthy" and coming from a place where you didn't have to learn about security.
Sept. 29, 2011, 9:07 am
HH from 11215 says:

I feel like there has been a lot of criticism of police recently, so I'd like to give another side, though on a non-violent crime. After our house was robbed, we called police (72nd precinct). two officers promptly came to our house, took a report and told us detectives would follow up. About an hour later, two other officers came by, letting us know they had canvassed the neighborhood and checked to see if any nearby security cameras had caught anything (no luck). They were accompanied by two older supervisors. Less than an hour later, a detective came by and an officer who dusted for prints. Both gave tips about security and were incredibly thoughtful about the whole situation. I guess this is a long way of saying that I've only had positive experiences with the police in PS, and folks should bear in mind that many of them are dedicated to helping us out.
Sept. 29, 2011, 9:56 am
eff the police from brooklyn says:
nypd are jackboot thugs and, oh yeah, rapists themselves: kenneth moreno, michael pena, john contento & trent young just to name a few.

cops are just crooks with a permanent get of jail free card. something is seriously wrong with a society that falls all over itself to honor the boys in blue when it's so clear they're little more than a thugocracy that victimizes suspects and victims alike, and which acts criminally with impunity, closing ranks to protect its own from accountability before the law.

these creeps are supposed to protect and serve the public, but act more like pirates sailing the high seas looking for opportunities to kill, rape and plunder.

take their illegal marijuana arrest spree for example. 50,000 arrests a year for something that was decriminalized 30 years ago. or their assault of protesters during the rnc and now during the wall street protests.

they don't give a —— about the law. just what's good for them.

they all deserve to end up in the same cages they all too often throw the innocent in.
Sept. 29, 2011, 10:13 am
Matt Damon from Back Bay, MA says:
Bad day for my buddy Ben Affleck - 1st the Red Sox complete their historic collapse, and now he's been sketched as the 3rd suspect in these attacks. Meanwhile, his only true crime is being a really, really bad actor.
Sept. 29, 2011, 10:40 am
miguel from south slope says:
Good for Bk Paper calling out the police! They are notorious liars and want all the credit when they get lucky and none of the blame when they fail to stop attacks right under their noses. Kate Briquelet is a great reporter.
Sept. 29, 2011, 11:08 am
gimme from around says:
lock up yo strollazzz n' yoga matatatatatatz
Sept. 29, 2011, 12:12 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Want the cops to stay in the neighbors and be visible? Simple, set up free coffee and donut stations on every other block.

Next question?>
Sept. 29, 2011, 1:01 pm
Jerkins212 from Park Slope says:
What about the reports of an attack in Windsor Terrace this past weekend? Various people say there was an attempted rape or groping or something, but the cops told Kate that it was just a drunk guy who bumped into a woman.

Thanks to Kate for reporting on what she knows, but I don't like that she simply takes their word for it that that's what went down. Any effort to reach out to Windsor Terrace residents for their accounts of what happened?
Sept. 29, 2011, 1:11 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Here's a photo of the guy that someone in the neighborhood took

Anyone recognize him?
Sept. 29, 2011, 5:50 pm
Catherine from Windsor Terrace says:
So what did really happen on Saturday, September 24th on East 4th and Greenwood?

I would believe most if not all the people who have relayed their stories- given they live right there..
something is not right.
Sept. 30, 2011, 10:08 pm
John from east 3rd street says:
yes, Perkins, agree 1000 percent.
something is not adding up.

Are they waiting for him to strike again?
Sept. 30, 2011, 10:10 pm
John from east 3rd street says:
Sorry- that was Jerkins, not in Marlon Perkins.
Sept. 30, 2011, 10:11 pm
thinke from all says:
want to know why something is not adding up with all these attacks occurring simultaneously in different boroughs? well just read all the comments, then reflect and think deeply, the individuals responsible for all this will become clear to you...
Oct. 11, 2011, 10:57 pm

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