Woman nearly raped on quiet Carroll Gardens street

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It can happen here — even on one of the quietest blocks in Carroll Gardens.

A violent sexual predator who attacked a woman on Second Place is still at large, and now his victim is speaking out to do more than just bring the thug to justice: she’s also trying to spread the word that danger lurks on even the most neighborly streets.

According to the 30-year-old woman, who wished not to be named, a 3 am stroll with her dog near Court Street went sour when a creep followed her to her stoop, punched her and slammed her head against the pavement, and tried to rape her on May 30.

“You think that this doesn’t happen here, but it did,” she said.

The victim added that she’s just lucky that the attack didn’t escalate further; if it weren’t for a few heroic neighbors who responded to her screams, she said she might not be alive.

She told police that she was almost to her front door when she heard the gate behind her squeak open. She turned to find her assailant.

“When I saw him at the gate, I thought s—, here we go,” she said. “I walked away from my door because I didn’t want him to force me inside. I know it can get a lot worse if they get you inside.”

The deranged man punched her in the face and threw her to the ground. She said that he put his hands up her dress and tried to pull down her underwear, but she resisted by scratching his arms and screaming as loud as she could.

Luckily, a few neighbors came running out of their nearby homes and scared the man off after leaving his victim with a concussion and “plenty of scratches.”

The predator is described as a 5-feet-6 Hispanic man, about 23 years old, with short, dark hair. He was wearing a gray and white T-shirt, blue jeans and bright white sneakers.

In the end, the victim said that she isn’t going to let the incident deter her from living happily in Carroll Gardens — but she wants others to know that nobody’s perfectly safe at 3 am.

“I’ve been living in this paradise neighborhood, and now it’s harder to come home,” she said. “But crime’s everywhere and it can happen here, too.”

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

LOLcat from Does it matter? says:
I'd say the fact that she screamed and neighbors responded means the neighborhood is pretty f'ing safe.
June 15, 2010, 11:27 am
fr from kj says:
SUE THE CITY -- the city claims it owns the front gardens on 2nd Place -- then they should make sure their property is safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 15, 2010, 2:54 pm
dsfs from dfas says:
No pseudo-feminist. Feminists would never say that it isn't safe for women. They would say that reporting this attack to scare women is designed to control women and prevent them from feeling safe without a man.
June 16, 2010, 12:25 pm
asdf from fdsa says:
Or they would say that every woman who speaks out about an attack, the world is safer because a woman feels safe enough to talk about it. Knowledge is power. The only way to stop rapists is to stop people who rape, not covering up an attack or keeping quiet about it for fear of scaring other citizens. Ugh.
June 16, 2010, 7:08 pm
gh from cg says:
If you want to prevent crimes like this do not permit totally undocumented illegal aliens from wandering the streets of Carroll Gardens. Introduce the Arizona bill in NY and the crime rate will go down 80%. Now these people commit crimes here and simply go back across the border. If you don't change this fact, don't complain about crimes.
June 18, 2010, 12:06 am
Ed Green from Carroll Gardens says:
The neighbors who came running were old time Carroll Gardens residents. Kudos to them and thank you for your selflessness! We'd be best served if we all remember that next time some snarky remark about the "natives" comes to mind or is said by another. Whether native or newbie - we all have to look out for one another. That's what makes Carroll Gardens such a safe place to live. That's what makes it a neighborhood.
June 18, 2010, 4:03 pm
mark from cg says:
i was not safe from the pounding my *ss took after eating vinny's pizza.
June 19, 2010, 12:36 pm
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
Illegal immigrants should be detained, then deported the moment they are in custody. How dare they take Free Benefits and threaten us at the same time.
June 20, 2010, 3:58 pm
pedee from cg says:
Carroll Gardens, Paradise? Maybe it's safe because of all the ex-cons that live on Second Place
July 1, 2010, 6:59 pm
CK from Carroll Gardens says:
As a newbie 29 y/o woman to CG I remember hearing about this and am so glad it turned out okay. I also thank the woman for being vocal about it because it does remind me to be much more careful when turning down my street; 1st place.

I don't understand why people have to use a comment thread to make snarky remarks or to be so pessimistic. It was a bad situation, it turned out okay because neighbors were neighborly, we all love Carroll Gardens, the creep needs to get caught, illegal or not (we don't know).
Oct. 14, 2010, 1:47 pm
nycma from ex-cg says:
^ what pedee said.

and third place, and court street, and henry....
Nov. 9, 2010, 8:05 am

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