East River Waterfront Esplanade. A 56-year-old woman fell approx. 20 feet from the top level of Pier 15 to the ground below. Police are investigating whether the woman was raped and if she was pushed over the railing. (Exclusive Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)
UPDATE: Police confirm she was raped and thrown off the second story of the pier.
The double-decker Pier 15 - located along the waterfront near the Financial District - was closed off all day yesterday while the NYPD's Crime Scene squad conducted their investigation. Police caution tape was strung across the entire width of the Pier and officers guarded the entrance. Click on image to enlarge.
The upper level closes at dusk. According to the police the incident occurred at approximately 2am Monday morning.
The Parks Department had Park Enforcement Patrol coverage (PEP) coverage exclusively dedicated to the Pier for the first time on Sunday but they left by 8:00pm - five hours before the incident occurred. Sunday was the first day PEP began it's "Contract Park" obligations where officers are assigned exclusivity to one park. The two officers are contracted to work just one shift leaving the Pier for vast majority of the day not secured. The public, including elected official and advocates have been calling for a dramatic rise in the hiring of officers to provide security in parks city-wide which have seen a dramatic rise in crime.
By Geoffrey Croft
A 56-year-old woman fell approx. 20 feet from an elevated platform early yesterday morning at Pier 15 along the East River near the South Street Seaport, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Police are investigating the incident as a possible rape.
The woman is a member of Occupy Wall Street. The incident occurred about 4 am Monday morning.
According to a law enforcement source the woman met a man and they went looking for somewhere to drink. They two settled on a lawn area on the top floor of the pier. The woman somehow passed out and when she awoke she was on the ground....20 feet below. Her pants had been removed.
The woman suffered a broken arm and a fractured pelvis from the fall. She was taken to Bellevue and under went surgery yesterday.
The suspect is described as a male black in his 50's. The police have have a street name for the suspect.
Pier 15, located between Fletcher & John Streets at the Southern end of the South Street Seaport extends 500 feet out into the East River and is part of the city’s $167 million East River Waterfront two-mile East River esplanade project.
Pier 15 - located at South St. between Fletcher & John St. in the Financial District was closed off all day yesterday while the NYPD conducted its investigation. The normally bustling Pier was eerily quiet as officers guarded the entrance, police caution tape was strung across the entire width of the Pier. Throngs of tourists filed passed the pier, some took photos of the crime scene vehicle which was parked off to the side under the FDR drive.
The 50, 000-square-foot structure opened in December 2011 and South streets, is part of the city's $167 million East River Waterfront project. The for-profit Pier was built by the city's Economic Development Corporation.
The NYPD's Crime Scene Unit vehicle on Pier 15.
Investigators from the NYPD worked on the roof-top where a 56-year-old woman was pushed yesterday.
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