South Slope sex attack

Witness: Cops let Slope groper walk away from crime scene

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Cops are hunting a Park Slope sex fiend responsible for a May 23 attack — a man witnesses say they detained at the scene, until police let him go.

Residents of 16th Street heard a woman shouting for help at 5 am and grabbed a man they believe attacked the victim near Fourth Avenue, but when cops showed up they let him go because the victim had returned to her home a few houses away, an onlooker told The Brooklyn Paper.

Donald Harrington says he peeked out his window after he heard the scream and saw a creep in a baseball cap running away.

Another neighbor chased the man down and held him until cops showed up 15 minutes later — but when they learned the victim had gone home they set the man free, Harrington claims.

“I pointed to her house and said, ‘She’s four or five houses down on the right,’ ” he said. “They said she wasn’t there so they just let him go.”

Two officers involved in the incident have been placed on modified duty pending an investigation, an NYPD spokesman said. Cops at the 72nd Precinct declined to comment on Thursday.

Cops can’t file charges without a victim’s cooperation — but critics say the way police handled the situation is bizarre for two reasons: the victim’s close proximity to the scene, and the fact that cops sent out press releases and distributed surveillance videos the following day showing a suspect who Harrington says resembles the man his neighbors detained.

The move is lazy at best and, at worst, a procedural violation worthy of a reprimand, say legal experts with the National Police Accountability Project, a non-profit comprised of lawyers.

“You would think they would at least get identifica­tion,” said Rochelle Berliner, a criminal lawyer with the organization. “It’s just common sense.”

The situation outrages neighbors who say cops should investigate sexual assault cases in the area more thoroughly, especially after last year’s spate of attacks in south Park Slope, which began in warm weather months.

“What [cops] have learned from last year is how to put a public relations spin on all of this,” said neighbor Aaron Brashear. “I have a spin for them: do your job.”

The attack comes after more than 20 women were assaulted in the South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge last year — and ample press coverage.

It also comes after dozens of community meetings with cops and hundreds of fliers featuring images of previous suspects.

“Now, it all seems like a charade,” said neighbor Bo Samajopoulos. “It’s a problem.”

Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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WT says:
the guy copped a feel, big whoop.
May 25, 2012, 7:43 pm
nancy from coney says:
wt big woop your not a woman how would you feel if you were violated or your sis or mom that stuff leads to worse things and why does it not surprise me that bklyn cops let him go duhhh i wonder about whos really protecting us.
May 26, 2012, 8:18 am
RuPaul from Neighborhood says:
They had to let him go cuz he was an illegal immigrant pos with either no or false ID and NYC is a sanctuary city. Apparently in open-minded tolerant NYC criminals have more rights than women. Now if it were a female cop or the mayor's daughter who got violated...
May 28, 2012, 12:08 am
nancy from bklyn says:
amen rupaul i cant believe the attitude of the nypd in bklyn its worse they only cater 2 one group of people and unfortunatly im not in that group cops here only sided with me one time in florida they are know as fort surrender the precient im in
May 28, 2012, 8:22 am
nancy from bklyn says:
amen rupaul i cant believe the attitude of the nypd in bklyn its worse they only cater 2 one group of people and unfortunatly im not in that group cops here only sided with me one time in florida they are know as fort surrender the precient im in
May 28, 2012, 8:22 am
nancy from coney says:
Look nancy and Rupaul - this perp finger banged some damn hot vaginas. As a lesbian I find this upsetting and erotic. Maybe if you were *real* women, not trannies you'd get it!
May 28, 2012, 5:30 pm
Gina from park slope says:
Looks girls, this isn't just about finger banging a hot vag - we all like that now and again. We're talking about a man with a penis - as far as I'm concerned, that's a crime In and of itself...
May 28, 2012, 5:34 pm
nancy from coney says:
i am a real woman and i find it offensive to invade a persons body space and personel stuff. you have your like and dislikes whatever floats your boats as long as you dont float it my way you happen to like girl on girl action and like i said what ever floats you boat me personally i like a good man but no matter what your choice is that doesnt give anyone the right to touch a person without their permission and for the cops to blow it off i find that horrible but what do you expect they only interested in making money and passing out tickets
May 28, 2012, 7:01 pm
nancy from coney says:
i did not post that 643 5/28 post im not a lesbian someone used my name i am a live and let live person but im not gay
that was rude of someone 2 use my name as 4 anyone with a penis being a crime i agree men can be asses but to me theres nothing like a good man
May 28, 2012, 7:12 pm
nancy from coney says:
whoever used my name 2 day to make a post at 630 that wasnt me i believe in live and let live but im no lesbian i like a good man not like the creep in this article its not a crime 2 be a man just a crime to be a crimonal and jerk
May 28, 2012, 7:15 pm
nancy from coney says:
there must be another nancy from coney i didnt post that 630 post sorry im not a lesbian
May 28, 2012, 7:17 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Nancys: You are all a bunch of retarded run-on sentence ——es. Cut the ——.
May 29, 2012, 1:45 pm
Jerry from Grand Army Plaza says:
Clearly there is some confusion here:
First of all, the image is completely useless at best; this might as well be a white woman.
Also-the police in question-what were they supposed to do? You've got a guy with no I.D. eating a taco that some nosy (probably drunk and racist) person chased down. The victim flees the scene so she can watch TV most likely. I can picture her looking out the window at the cops with the suspect and the redneck shaking her head at the foolish sequence of events that Natalie O'Neil thought would be a good idea to terrorize us with by writing it down.
May 29, 2012, 2:58 pm
S from HigherIQ says:
The morons with the idiotic comments must be some real winners.
May 29, 2012, 5:48 pm
F. Pulice says:
Yes, there is a neighbor by where I lived that is bragging about hoe groped, raped a woman both inside the house of 7002 Ridge blvd in bay ridge. and park slope, and named is Peter Hession
May 29, 2012, 9:40 pm
Ralph from willy says:
WT.......Big Woop ...??? really.
Will this be the same attitude when its your MOTHER , or SISTER , or WIFE , or DAUGHTER that's gets sexually violated ???
Please tell us all .......Oh , maybe you don't have a mother , sister , wife, daughter you just don't give a $uck ...........either way you suck
April 30, 2015, 1:17 am

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