Two women assaulted in Fort Greene in three days: NYPD

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Two women were assaulted in just three days in Fort Greene last month.
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Two women were assaulted in Fort Greene in the span of just three days last month, according to the NYPD.

The first incident occurred at the Walt Whitman Houses public housing development on Carlton Avenue on April 22, when a 46-year-old woman was stabbed five times by a strange man wielding a pair of scissors.

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A 46-year-old woman was stabbed at Walt Whitman Houses. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Cops said the victim, who was not identified, was stabbed three times in the abdomen and once in the thigh and breast, and told police she was also punched in the face by the assailant. She was treated at Brooklyn Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the housing complex the following morning in connection with the assault. According to police, the man told officers he assaulted the woman over a verbal dispute they had in which the woman “was being disrespectful.”

Three days later, a 71-year-old woman was punched in the face as she walked to work.

The victim, who remained anonymous, was at the corner of St. Felix Street and Lafayette Avenue at 9:30 a.m. when a stranger sucker-punched her in the face, police said. causing her to fall to the ground and further injure her face and right knee. Her injuries were treated at a local clinic. 

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Cops released a photo of the suspected assailant before cuffing him on May 8. Photo courtesy of NYPD/CrimeStoppers

The suspect fled the scene on foot on Lafayette Avenue, prompting a days-long search by police. On May 8, cops cuffed 48-year-old Bancroft Wright in connection to the attack, charging him with assault in the second-and-third degrees, reckless endangerment, and harassment. 

Year-to-date, crime is down slightly in the 88th Precinct, where both incidents occurred, per the latest police data. A total of 256 major felonies have been reported in the precinct so far, down .39% from the same time last year. Assaults are down 3.3%, from 61 to 59.