By COLlive reporter
A dangerous predator, who has 20 previous arrests, has been apprehended by the NYPD with the help of Shmira after he attempted to attack and assault teenage girls who came to Crown Heights as guests for Yomtov.
It happened on Monday afternoon, on Hoshana Raba at approximately 1:15pm. The perpetrator first followed his victims into the building where they are staying on Eastern Parkway, and he then followed them into the elevator.
The young girls became nervous and decided to exit the elevator while it was still on the ground floor, but the perpetrator joined them. The girls became terrified and ran to another nearby apartment where their friends were staying. While trying to safely get away and inside, the perpetrator pushed his way inside the apartment – while yelling directly to a girl that he’s going to assault her – in explicit terms.
Most of the girls fled to safety to outside the building, while others barricaded themselves inside the bathroom. The suspect then violently gained access into the bathroom. The victims bravely kicked him away and fled to the street.
Once all the girls were safely outside the building, they called Shmira who immediately responded to locate the suspect but by the time they arrived, the perpetrator had already fled.
Shmira immediately requested the NYPD to the scene while also remaining there for hours assisting the victims in making a police report and following up with the police process throughout Yomtov.
Shmira then obtained security footage showing clear images of the perpetrator and passed it on to the police department. Detectives recognized him immediately and he was arrested on Wednesday after committing another crime in another precinct.
Shmira is still currently working with the NYPD and the DA’s office to assist the victims who are still extremely traumatized.
In case of an emergency, call Shmira 24/7 @ 718-221-0303 and 911.