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Outraged 16th Street residents say cops have done nothing to investigate a vicious month-old sexual assault on their block — even though the entire harrowing ordeal was caught on video.

“It disturbs me that [cops] can pick and choose what they want to pursue,” said one resident, who only identified himself as Kenny. “[The attacker] is a local dude. We’ve seen him around the neighborhood, but the police aren’t doing anything about it.”

But local cops are refuting resident’s gripes.

The attack — which took place between Fourth and Fifth avenues on March 20 at 11:30 pm — is being aggressively investigated, an NYPD spokesman said.

“We are investigating the incident as an attempted rape,” an NYPD spokesman said.

Investigators say they have a copy of the video — taken from a stationary camera looking out onto a well-lit sidewalk — but it remains unclear when they received it. Kenny said his neighbors told police about the video as soon as it was taken, but detectives never came by to pick it up.

We have a copy, too.

The 65-second video is disturbing: A series of surprised screams is heard, then a woman in a light blue coat comes into view, desperately fighting off a beefy man with close-cropped hair. The man’s pants are hanging from his thighs.

“Get off of me! Get off of me!” the woman cried, but her attacker was relentless: he pulled at her coat, clapped a meaty palm onto her mouth to muffle her screams and put her in a choke hold.

The thug tried to take the woman’s jeans off, but she kept squatting down — thwarting his attempts.

The woman ultimately shook off her attacker and ran away. The rapist hitched up his pants and crossed the street — away from his victim — just as a neighbor stepped outside to see what was happening.

Crimes like this are very rare in the area. According to NYPD statistics, only one sex assault has been reported to the 72nd Precinct, which protects Windsor Terrace and a small portion of Park Slope, in the last month. Four other rapes took place earlier in the year, but most of them have been linked to cases of domestic violence.

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RadicalPed from Brooklyn says:
It's because the guy wasn't riding a bicycle. If he'd been on a bike, the NYPD would be all over him.
April 23, 2011, 8:18 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
If some one had erased or put a X on a bike lane there would have been massive protests already and I would have heard it on every news channel.
April 23, 2011, 7:12 pm
Bernie G from Park Slope says:
“[The attacker] is a local dude. We’ve seen him around the neighborhood"...would be helpful to know where you've seen him or where he lives.
April 24, 2011, 7:37 pm
Dominic from CG says:
Now that was disturbing.
April 25, 2011, 10:40 am
Voice of Troof from Park Nope says:
Park Slope is the rapiest neighborhood in the city these days. I'm only surprised some mom didn't come outside to tell that poor woman to keep it down because kids are sleeping.
April 27, 2011, 2:30 pm
Brooklynthoughts from Park Slope says:
or go to Community Board 6 and storm the meeting with rants of "See, this is what Atlantic Yards is doing to this community and my dog couldnt take a leek outside because of the screaming, and the echoing sounds of the screams is right under my window or Where does the 500 foot law come into all this, or go scream in someone elses neighborhood, like Flatbush Avenue or something.
April 29, 2011, 12:43 am
Annonymous says:
My friends and I want to find this guy
Sept. 28, 2011, 4 am

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