Thursday, May 24, 2012

With Spring, a New Sex Assault in South Slope

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 9:50 AM

A woman was "groped in the front midsection" yesterday morning in South Slope near the Prospect Avenue subway station—the epicenter of the groping attacks that plagued the area last year, the Park Slope Patch reports. "As with the series of sexual assaults that took place over nine months last year," the Home Reporter reports, "the victim was a young Caucasian female and the suspect is described as a male Hispanic." The attack took place on 16th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

The paper doesn't have the whole story, but early reports indicate that neighbors responded to the victim's screaming, caught the perpetrator, and detained him until police arrived. "It is rumored that responding officers let the suspect go and failed to take witness statements," the paper reports—a distressing echo of last year, when police were widely criticized for failing to respond seriously to the attacks.

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