Lack of cameras made Bronx building perfect target for rapist

Posted at 6:49 PM, Dec 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-11 18:49:16-05

THE BRONX (PIX11) – Cops spent the day posting flyers of a Bronx rape suspect near 143rd and Morris Street Tuesday.

Police are looking for a man who attacked a 21 year old woman, inside her apartment complex at 1:30 Sunday morning.  Detectives say the Patterson Houses, a public housing community in the Bronx, is a development notorious for not having surveillance cameras.  So cops are relying on witnesses to help catch the creep.

“Have you ever seen this guy? No,” Yesi Claudio told PIX11 News.

Claudio saw the sketch of the suspect outside her building on a light post.

“I just don’t feel safe. My teenagers come home later and work it’s bad,” she said.

Sources tell PIX 11 the suspect was waiting in the lobby of the building for his victim.  The woman walked home from 153rd Street and according to police, was steps from her apartment from the suspect lunged out, grabbed her and pulled her into a stairwell where he raped her.

“He came up from behind her with a knife,” said PIX Contributor, Wally Zeins.

Zeins said the stranger, who does not live in the building, got inside because the doors to do  not lock.  Woman said it becomes a problem, especially late at night when trespassers let themselves in.  Today, we passed residents who snapped shots of posters with the suspect’s sketch hoping they can help cops catch him.

“I want people to be aware of what is going on.  What is going on in this complex and be aware of a guy who committed rape,” said Gladys Santiago.

If you have any information you are asked to call Crimestoppers 1800 577 TIPS.