Friday, June 24, 2005

Open window rapist

Carrie Melago:

Cops are hunting for a predator who sneaks into Manhattan apartments through open windows and sexually assaults the women inside.

The man has terrorized two women on the upper East Side and one on the upper West Side this month, police said.

In the most recent attack, the man scaled a fire escape, slipped through a fifth-floor window along E. 89th St. between First and Second Aves. and sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman about 4:20 a.m. Thursday, sources said.

The same suspect is linked to the June 14 rape of a 56-year-old woman on W. 87th St. and a June8 attack on a 41-year-old woman on E. 89th St.

Because the thug quickly blindfolded his victims, he is described only as a black man in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, with a strong build, cops said.

Police are urging women to close windows near fire escapes and to be certain air conditioners are securely in place. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Girl, 15, says man raped her

Girl, 15, raped in E17

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