According to authorities, a total of 10 women have been attacked in a sex attack spree that has gripped several communities in Brooklyn since March. The new details surface as detectives say they believe there may be as many as three suspected predators involved in the ongoing case.
On Tuesday, for a time, police believed they had the identity of a suspect when an officer thought he recognized the man in one of three sketches that have been released in connection with the serial rapist. But when a photo of that individual was put to a victim in a photo-lineup, he was not picked out.
A case that has challenged the NYPD, women across Park Slope, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrance and South Slope have been living on edge, with one attack after another. Most victims where jumped from behind as they arrived at their doorstep. Most who have fought back have been able to scare the victim off. In one case, the suspect was seen jumping into the driver-side of a white or vanilla Chevy SUV.
So far as trends go, most victims are petite, in their 20's and were wearing skirts. The majority off the attacks took place on the weekends, and late, ranging from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Police say they've increased the number of uniformed and plainclothes officers. And the community has taken steps on their own, offering free self-defense classes and volunteers to escort people who are walking home alone at night.
One Brooklynite is trying to help. Jay Ruiz has founded Brooklyn Bike Patrol, a volunteer bike patrol made up of 10 volunteers.
They will be riding their bicycles around Park Slope and Prospect Heights from about 8 p.m. until midnight on many evenings and will be stopping at five subway stations to offer women a lift to nearby destinations. He says all you have to do is call (718) 744-7592.
CONTRIBUTED BY DEBRA ALFARONECopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun