Several of our readers have reported that they have heard about multiple attacks on women in the past week in Bushwick. We are trying to obtain more information from NYPD. So far, DCPI NYPD informed us that there were no sexual crimes reported in Bushwick in the past week, which however doesn’t exclude other violent crimes.
Brooklyn Bike Patrol, which escorts women from subway stations to their homes safey in the late evenings hours, however posted on their Facebook page a warning:
“A dear friend of BBP informed me that there have been 5 attacks of women in Bushwick. People we service that area. Please pass the word of our service to any love ones who live in that neighborhood. Stay safe with BBP.”
Call Brooklyn Bike Patrol if you are not feeling safe at 718-744-7592, they will escort you home.
Another email from our reader we have received states:
“FIVE women in Bushwick have been attacked in the past week. The attacker is tall, medium build, Hispanic, wearing a hooded jacket. He grabs the women in the dark from behind and slams them against a building wall, covering their mouths so they can’t scream. He has attacked several women on Knickerbocker Ave., on White St, Bushwick Ave, & Moore St (near Roberta’s). We only know of 5 women attacked so far, but the actual number is quite possibly much higher.
There is nothing in the news or the police blotter so please help spread the word to keep you and your loved ones safe, & do not travel alone in Bushwick after dark.I also just heard about an attack on Wythe & N11th last week…we may have a loose cannon on our hands, thought you’d want to know & get the word out.”
Guys, none of this information has been officially confirmed but we find it importnat to pass the news along rather sooner than later. Don’t panic, but try to be safe, don’t walk alone if you’re female, and instead take a cab or call Brooklyn Bike Patrol.
We will keep you posted as soon as we learn more… Also feel free to share any information you might have in the comments below.
UPDATE: Gothamist reported more details about Bushwick attacks earlier today. Additionally, they spoke with one of the victims of the attack who describe the attack:
“I was taking stuff out of the garage and moments after I opened the door onto White Street I felt my head being grabbed by my hair and slammed into the brick wall,” N.B.* says. “He was ripping at my jacket from behind and he was trying to put his hand over my mouth, and telling me, ‘I’m gonna fuck you,’ or ‘I’m gonna fuck you up.’ Before he was able to get it all the way over I screamed loud enough to make him run.”
N.B., who lives nearby, says the attack occurred around 1 a.m. on Saturday and that she has “a giant abrasion and a huge bruise” on her face. “I’ve been mugged twice, but to have someone try to cover your mouth—it was so terrifying.” N.B. said her assailant was around six feet tall, but because he approached her from behind she did not get a good look at his face.
By chance, N.B. was put in touch with the second victim, whose attack happened on Knickerbocker near DeKalb shortly after her own. “She said that a man came behind her, slammed her head into a brick wall, said disgusting things to her, just like what happened to me,” N.B. says. “But he apparently masturbated against her back. Her face also has a huge laceration on it.” [Gothamist]