WHITESTONE, QUEENS (PIX11)—The Whitestone community is on edge after a bearded sexual deviant forced a woman into the woods near the corner of 148 St. and Cross Island and attempted to sexually assault her. The public as well as authorities are floored that such an attack took place in their own backyard.
"Last night we held our civic meeting and Detective O'Donnell from the 109th precinct was there and he said, in all the years on the force he has never heard of anything like this happening in the 109," said Devon O'Connor of the Whitestone Civic Association.
Dawn Ottaviano was in her living room with Bryan Teichman, a Marine who was dropping his daughter off for babysitting, as the attack unfolded, "He pushed her over the railing and then he got on top of the railing to see if anybody was looking."
Seeing that something wasn't right, Teichman went across the street and yelled at the man. The attacker got up and ran away in fear. The victim then met with police officers who were are on the scene moments after the attacks.
"The police were really right on top of it," said Ottaviano. For Ottaviano it's strange and frightening to think that a woman waiting for a ride at 9:00 a.m. would be attacked in such an open area by an unknown assailant.
According to retired NYPD detective Wally Zeins the attack could have been avoided.
"It's open, there is no fencing over here, it is totally barren, it's a pervert's paradise."
Zeins feels that women should always wait in areas where they could not be dragged into the unseen. He also pointed out that the FDNY has a fire house a block away. Per Zeins, women should always wait in public areas and fire houses are perfect because, "there is always somebody at the desk."
The NYPD Special Victims Unit have been canvassing the area since 9:00 a.m. conducting interviews and placing sketches all over the community.