A man posing as a Good Samaritan helped a drunken woman get into a taxi cab following a Brooklyn party, before offering to escort the woman’s friend home—only to later rape her, according to the New York City Police Department.
The 20-year-old victim was trying to get her drunken friend home safely from a home in Brownsville at around 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 1, when the faux Good Samaritan approached them, officials told the New York Post.
The man hailed a taxi for them, helped the drunken woman into the cab, and then offered to walk the other home, officials said.
He then took her into Betsy Head Park and raped her, officials said. He also stole her iPhone and a wallet after she let out a scream.
The woman flagged down a driver, who then called 911. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital via an ambulance.
The suspect is believed to be in his 30s or 40s, has a ponytail, facial hair, and a black jacket with orange lining, the Post reported.
Activist Tony Herbert told the Post that “liberal organizations” that bail out crime suspects are partly to blame for worsening crime. Herbert said he was referring to the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation’s mass bailout of arrested people. It’s not clear whether the Good Samaritan assault suspect was one of them.
“They are fighting to get these individuals out of jail, but they are not vetting them,” he was quoted by the paper as saying.
“This is a serious concern for us because the most vulnerable in our community, nine times out of 10, are our elders, our young people and particularly, our women,” Herbert said. “We want the individual who committed this crime … arrested immediately.”
The RFK Human Rights organization in September posted bail for many inmates at New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail “to free women and young people in New York City who are jailed because they cannot afford to post bail.” It added: “The action, which will begin October 1st and continue throughout the month, has organized over 200 volunteers who will pay bail at one of New York City’s five jails or volunteer at a 24-hour community mobile response unit.”
A high-level police source told the Post at the time that the move was “disgraceful.” The person said, “If a high bail is set, that means the police and DA feel strongly that they committed the crime; that they will probably serve some kind of criminal sentence; and lastly they would be a flight risk.”
Herbert said there’s now a $2,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest of the suspect.
Violent Crime Down in 2018
The FBI said that in 2017 violent crime had dropped by 0.2 percent, according to a release, but aggravated and rape offenses increased by a respective 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent, the agency said.
“In 2017, there were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes. The estimated number of robbery offenses decreased 4.0 percent, and the estimated number of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses decreased 0.7 percent when compared with estimates from 2016. The estimated volume of aggravated assault and rape (revised definition) offenses increased 1.0 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively,” said the FBI.