Brooklyn community on edge after latest bias attack - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Brooklyn community on edge after latest bias attack

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A hate crime in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn has the community on edge.  A woman was sexually assaulted and she was apparently targeted because she is gay. 

"It's totally shocking, I think people are stunned," said one resident. 

The alleged rape took place just after midnight June 16 outside of 198 Java Street and has left neighbors in the Greenpoint section shaken. 

"There's a whole bunch of cops and now I'm finding out. I'm like this was a lot worse than I expected or hoped -- it's really unsettling," said Margot Wood. 

Police released a surveillance video of the suspect following the 26-year-old woman on the street. He struck up a conversation with her then pulled a knife and raped her right on the sidewalk. 

Authorities say the perpetrator told the woman during the rape ‘I'm doing this to you because you're gay.' 

"I totally am taken aback by that it's not a neighborhood like that, it's totally friendly." 

"I don't know why this happened, I can't imagine, everyone knows everyone around here basically," said Mike Benitec, a Greenpoint resident. 

The sexual assault is the latest in a string of high-profile anti-gay attacks across the city in recent months that includes a murder in Greenwich Village in May. 

"A murder, a man whose eye socket was punched out, a woman raped -- the intensity of the violence of these crimes is something we haven't seen in the city in a long time," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. 

The attacks have left leaders like openly gay city Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn outraged. And now she and people in the Greenpoint neighborhood are hoping someone with information will step forward so this perpetrator is caught. 

He's described as, 5'9" tall with a medium build and dark hair. He was wearing a black tee short with an unknown design on the front, blue jeans and was carrying a knapsack. 

"I do hope they find this person. I do think it's probably someone not right in their mind,"  added another resident.

The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is now investigating. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Christians around world mark Good Friday

    Christians around world mark Good Friday

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:34:50 GMT
    From the Holy Land to the streets of New York City, Christians have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering." In NYC, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio lead followers across the Brooklyn Bridge.
    From the Holy Land to the streets of New York City, Christians have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering." In NYC, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio lead followers across the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices