Homeless career criminal accused of attempting to rape New Yorker
Police said Thursday that a homeless career criminal was arrested for attempting to rape a woman in a bathroom in Queens.
Damel Dennis, who has been arrested at least 20 times previously, allegedly revealed himself to the 34-year-old victim as she exited the restroom of a building at Crescent Street and 41st Avenue in Dutch Kills around 10:40 p.m. on Feb. 8. the cops said.
According to the police, the woman tried to close the door in front of him, but he squeezed inside, grabbed her by the face and tried to pull off her pants.
Her screams alerted the Good Samaritan, who intervened and scared the bastard away, prompting him to run towards the Queensboro Plaza subway station.
On an anonymous tip, investigators picked up Dennis around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at a place he frequented in Manhattan.
Denis, 43, was charged with burglary, attempted sexual assault and public indecency, police said.
Authorities say his previous arrests include rape for criminal sexual intercourse, desecration of graveyard inventory, criminal trespassing and subway dodging.
In a different but equally harrowing incident on the same day as the attempted rape, another man stalked a 19-year-old girl in a Bronx building, followed her to an elevator and demanded that she take off her pants, authorities said.
According to the police, the pervert grabbed the girl’s mobile phone and hit her on the head with his fist when she called for help.
When the elevator reached the sixth floor, the patient threw the phone into the corridor and left.
The victim was treated for minor head injuries following a 9:00 p.m. attack on West 164th Street and Woodcrest Avenue in the lobby area.
Police are still searching for the suspect, who is described as having a dark complexion and a medium build.
He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, black hat, black pants, black and blue sneakers, and wielding a black cane. Police released CCTV footage of him late Wednesday night.
The next day, Feb. 9, around 7 a.m., a 24-year-old woman was attacked by a stranger after he also followed her into the elevator of a Manhattan apartment building, police said.
According to the police, when the victim got out of the elevator, the man threw her to the ground, hitting her on the back of the head several times.
The crawler then tried to grab the woman’s bag, but was unsuccessful.
He ran out of a building at Hamilton Place and West 142nd Street in Hamilton Heights and left in a gray car.
The suspect in this attack is also wanted.
Police say he has a dark complexion and a thin build and was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black face mask, black pants and black sneakers.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for a cut on her head.
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