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An attempted rapist who has terrorized South Slope and surrounding neighborhoods since March attacked his fifth victim last Friday.

In the latest harrowing attack, the creep grabbed a 28-year-old woman on Aug. 26 as she walked home from the Prospect Avenue subway station near Fourth Avenue.

The victim was near Prospect and Sixth avenues in South Slope at 8:45 pm when the man grabbed her from behind and tried to fondle her. She kicked and screamed until he fled and didn’t sustain any injuries.

Capt. Christine Doherty of the 72nd Precinct — which comprises Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and a small portion of South Slope — said that the suspect is a thin man, about 30 years old, standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black baseball cap.

“We believe this individual maybe responsible for the other previous attacks,” said Doherty.

The brute has attacked at least four other women in South Slope, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, usually late at night:

• The sex fiend first attacked a 24-year-old woman on March 20 at 11:30 pm on 16th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

• On May 3 at 11:20 pm, the thug wielded a knife and forced a 32-year-old woman into a driveway on Ridge Boulevard in Bay Bridge, but she managed to escape.

• On May 29, he attempted to rape a 20-year-old woman near 55th Street in Sunset Park.

•On June 25, he followed a 36-year-old Sunset Park woman to her lobby at 4 am, but she scared him off.

Residents in Windsor Terrace and Greenwood Heights are fuming that the would-be rapist has gotten this far.

“We don’t exist to the [72nd] precinct,” said Bo Samajopolos. “All the cops did was put out fliers telling us what we should do. But they should be the ones protecting us!”

Samajopolos said that back in March, he and other community members offered video from his building’s security camera showing the first attack, but officers ignored him.

It wasn’t until Samajopolos circulated the shocking footage to news media that cops amped up patrols.

The video shows the victim desperately trying to fend off the attacker, who put her in a chokehold and tried to remove her jeans.

Police originally linked the suspect to a completed rape on June 4, when a man followed a woman from a Dunkin’ Donuts in Sunset Park to her home. After the store released a surveillance video, a livery cab driver turned himself in.

The rape victim picked him out of a lineup, but the three other would-be victims did not.

Anyone with information regarding this man’s identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477 or by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at a056-crimestoppers.nyc.gov/crimestoppers/public/index.cfm. Police say that all calls will be kept confidential.

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Sfladan from Sunset Park says:
Whats with that chick with the giant sweat stain??? LOL!!!

If I were on a date with her and saw she was sweating right through her shirt, it'd be an immediate deal breaker; even if I knew nothing else about her. Then, just to be mean, I'd probably go online and share with everyone the cautionary tale of my encounter with Alyssa Bereznak and her horrific body odor.
Aug. 31, 2011, 6:07 am
Jet from Park Slope says:
"If I were on a date with her and saw she was sweating right through her shirt, it'd be an immediate deal breaker;"

Implying that you’ve ever been on a date in the last 5 years. Going to the McDonalds drive thru with mom doesn't count Sfladan.

U mad bro?
Aug. 31, 2011, 8:27 am
Some guy says:
"If I were on a date with her and saw she was sweating right through her shirt, it'd be an immediate deal breaker;"

Sweating through shirt: STRIKE ONE!
Aug. 31, 2011, 8:59 am
CLWord77 says:
She should be commended for her vigilance and haste. She's simply taking the first strike against anyone that would attempt to deal damage to her. I don't think that people need to trample on her for this.

Pepper Spray
2
Artifact
[3], Sacrifice Pepper Spray: Remove target attacking creature from combat.

"Who knew that being an internet meme would be so far reaching?"
Aug. 31, 2011, 10:04 am
Nerdy Gamer says:
Jet-

Use Google. It'll explain everything.
Aug. 31, 2011, 10:27 am
pete from windsor terrace says:

This is all near where I live.
Watch the video-he's not that thin,
and he's quite strong. It's just that
the woman was strong enough.
I'd say the guy is 19-22. And he looks
very average hispanic male, so hard
to pick out. Hair is straight though.
This guy is very bold and dangerous.
Aug. 31, 2011, 11:17 am
Cops don't care if you're from Brooklyn says:
while a rapist remains in South Slope
spooked neighbors receive little hope
for the cops "on the beat"
don't safeguard the streets
soon his prey won't escape just a grope
Aug. 31, 2011, 2:33 pm
BeGGer from Fort Greene says:
HA! Next time maybe you should get a photo of someone who hasn't made herself notorious for being vapid and judgmental on a popular website. Writers interviewing writers is a pretty sure sign of journalistic laziness. I think that's taught pretty early in a high school intro to writing class.
Aug. 31, 2011, 2:46 pm
Steph from Brooklyn says:
Not to hop on the Alyssa Bereznak hate train, but the pepper spray in a lipstick case is a terrible idea, unless she has it in hand and ready to go most of the time.

My pepper spray is a mini baton on my keychain. It is always in hand when I am walking around alone, in secluded areas, and early in the morning or after dusk. The baton can also be used to jab and can be used as a handle for a key flail of sorts.

Oh and I agree with BeGGer, that is seriously lazy to interview another writer.
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:05 pm
Actually from Brooklyn says:
If you read the article, you'll see that "Alyssa" is not quoted once. Laziness? Come on.
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:28 pm
rfk from Park Slope says:
I hear Alyssa uses that pepper spray to ward off Magic: The Gathering players.
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:32 pm
Steph from Brooklyn says:
Oh I'm sorry Actually, paraphrasing and using a photograph of a fellow writer is lazy.
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:47 pm
Nerdy Gamer says:
Come on- they didn't interview a writer. They interviewed a blogger.

If they interviewed a writer, they would have talked with someone like David Kushner, whose credits include Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and "Johnny Magic and the Cardshark Kids". It's a book about a geeky gamer who grows up to be affluent and successful.

I hear the upcoming sequel catches up with the main character innocently looking for love, only to be scorned by a woman who is only using their dates to further her career by needlessly belittling his hobbies. She becomes an internet pariah in the process.

Sounds like a great read!
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:52 pm
Nerdy Gamer says:
Agreed though about using a fellow writer. That seems way too "yearbook" or something. Very juvenile. Like picking on geeks.
Aug. 31, 2011, 3:58 pm
Kate Briquelet from Bedford-Stuyvesant says:
For the record, our hard-working intern asked South Slope residents about this crime pattern and Alyssa Bereznak was a stranger on the street. He did a fine job. Didn't know she was a writer, but more power to her!
Aug. 31, 2011, 4:17 pm
Observer from Internet says:
Kate, you ought to read up about your "stranger on the street." She is getting a lot of heat on the internet. Quite a random coincidence; at least your article will get more hits for it.

(It is strange though, why is your stranger not on the street? I certainly wouldn't let a strange person asking about rape and Pepper-Spray into my home for a photo-session.)
Aug. 31, 2011, 5:03 pm
Nerdy Gamer says:
It's also easy to use the interwebs and find out that Kate and Alyssa are/were in the graduate journalism program at NYU. An elite program to be sure, meaning that if they don't know eachother, it's viable to believe they passed eachother in the hallways.

Far be it from me to assume that they know one another... but is it entirely possible that Alyssa thought she'd do her friend a favor by letting her piggyback off her newfound fame by anchoring her recently oft-searched name to this article via photo, despite no attributed quotation?

Perhaps.
Aug. 31, 2011, 6:11 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Why didn't the intrepid intern ask some real strangers in/in the street like the drunks in Mccarren Park? She might bump into some grad school friends in the process.
Aug. 31, 2011, 7:17 pm
Honest Man from Lower East Side says:
I would need some pepper spray in the face to race that thing.
Aug. 31, 2011, 9:15 pm
BeGGer from Fort Greene says:
Oh, but this just gets better and better, doesn't it? Kate, way to go and provide the missing link in the Case of Brooklyn's Laziest Libelers. Both NYU grads! What a coincidence! So for those of you keeping score at home, that's one Gizmodo former intern petty anti-nerd naming names in the saddest juvenilia ever to become a meme, one hipsteditor with a loose definition of strangers on the street, and poor old Arthur Carter's journalism school with its name attached to the whole festering pile of malicious, unethical laziness.
Sept. 1, 2011, 12:05 am
Michael Iadarola from Greenwood Heights says:
Uh, careerist twits who have internalized the 'page views at all cost' mentality get nailed to the wall, while all the rapist in our midst elicits is a ——ty poem (sorry Cops don't care)? I started reading these comments giggling along with the nerd justice too, but by the end, the zeal with which 1 and 1 were put together (congrats, you uncovered the big conspiracy that kid journos in nyc poach from each other) seemed totally out of proportion considering the context of this article. Sure Bereznak did a ——ty thing, displayed zero integrity and is clearly getting hers, but maybe we can use a local paper's website to do something constructive, like organizing to help to make women in our neighborhood feel more safe, while putting the actual scumbags on notice that the community is vigilant and mobilized.

Gee a march down 5th avenue against sexual violence would be nice.

www.mencanstoprape.org
Sept. 1, 2011, 10:33 am
K. from ArKady says:
I dunno, I thought the combination of two predatory animals to be great serendipity. That the female predator has contracted the digital equivalent of herpes is the icing on the cake. Honey, I don't think this is going away anytime soon. Perhaps you have a future as Anne Coulter?
Sept. 1, 2011, 1:10 pm
Alicia from S.Slope says:
This last attack happened right near where I live, and I walked by that area about 30 minutes after it happened. There were no cops to be seen. It is an extremely rare sight to see cops patrolling in this neighborhood, and I don't feel protected at all. The cops in this neighborhood are not doing their job
Sept. 1, 2011, 1:17 pm
BeGGer from Fort Greene says:
You're so right, Michael Iadarola. Marches always put criminals on guard. Maybe if we throw a dodgeball tournament it'll just cancel rape altogether. You chose your avenue for self-righteousness, leave me to mine.
Sept. 2, 2011, 3:52 am
M.Iadarola says:
Dodgeball tournament? Oh! Because dodgeball games sometimes happen at shows in Wburg right? You must have your hipster guidebook at the ready. Well done, you sure undercut my sanctimony with your witty ability to reference the typically juvenile activities of modern yuppies.

I wouldn't presume to know how any rapist would process such a march. The primary concern is with making a community show of solidarity visible to women who know of these attacks and walk home from the subway in a various states of quiet terror right now.

You *have* chosen your avenue for self-righteousness, congrats on that. My point is that in the context of this story, a little perspective is necessary and that using this particular venue to continue to gleefully pile on a woman, unscrupulous in her youth and ambition though she maybe, is lame and makes you look like a jerk. In any case, you seem to be too intimately involved with the knowledge of "Arthur Carter's journalism school" to not have your own platform to speak truth to the powerless. Get to it.
Sept. 2, 2011, 11:16 am
BeGGer from Fort Greene says:
Sir, say what you will about me, but do NOT insult the hipster guidebook.
Sept. 3, 2011, 3:24 am
dc from Warhill says:
Who the heck would ever want to rape that girl in the pic? shudder
Sept. 5, 2011, 12:53 am
dc from Warhill says:
wait just a minute... the girl in the pic IS the sexual predator in the sketch!!! Too strong a resemblance to be ignored. BOOK EM!
Sept. 5, 2011, 12:56 am
Ginger from South Slope says:
Guys - just chill out. I'm glad they're doing the march, because yes, we women in South Slope are living in silent terror coming home, and it's awful knowing that because you are a woman someone is looking to attack you and statistically speaking, probably will given the rate of this guy's attacks. Furthermore, lay off the girl in the picture. Whatever about her sweaty shirt, she's doing something to protect herself which is something we all need to do. I have my pepper spray and whistle in hand when I get home from work late at night. Thank you BK paper for raising awareness - please all continue to raise awareness about this issue and watch out for each other. Be safe, be well.
Sept. 5, 2011, 3:28 am

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