Friday, August 20, 2010

Parks Department "JTP" Raped In St. Andrew's Playground While Working

A female Parks Department Job Training Participant (JTP) employee was sexually assaulted by a man armed with a box-cutter in a bathroom in St. Andrews Playground on Thursday morning at approx. 9:00am, according to the police. The single mom of three was slashed during the assault according to reports. The Police are searching for a black male, 22 to 25 years old, approximately 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds. (Sketch above) The suspect was wearing a black boonie hat, a red shirt with a white logo, red and white Nike sneakers and riding a small red mountain bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577 TIPS (8477). All calls are strictly confidential. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Last month three people were shot in St. Andrews Playground, one fatally, during a basketball game.

A city employee was sexually assaulted at a park in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Thursday morning, according to a report by WABC News.

The victim was cleaning a public bathroom when a man rushed in and attacked her.

It happened at St. Andrew's Playground in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section around 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

At that time, there was a park full of people, but no hint of a scream or distress.

"I think if we had heard her screaming a lot of us would have gone over there. I'm not the only guy that feels that way. We try to keep a safe neighborhood," said Robert Shaw, an eyewitness.

Police say a 29-year-old Parks Department employee couldn't cry out because her rapist covered her mouth.

As Robert Shaw played basketball at St. Andrews Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, he watched a crime scene go up around him, with white and blue tape, a swarm of officers, and an innocent victim.

"I seen her coming out on the stretcher, she was over there, all bloodied up. The police came. The ambulance came," Shaw said.

As the custodial worker started her shift, police say the suspect approached her from behind in a utility closet near the restrooms and closed the door behind him.

He started to beat hit her, and pulled out either a knife or box cutter, and then raped her.

Sources say this park employee stopped the rape when they knocked on the door twice, and startled the rapist, who then opened the door and fled on a bike.

A police officer stands guard outside the St. Andrew's Playground comfort station where a Parks Department worker was raped on Thursday morning. The victim was treated at Kings County Hospital, where doctors stitched up gashes on her arm. The playground is located btw. Atlantic Avenue and Herkimer St. & Kingston Avenue and St. Andrews Place. (Image: WCBS)

Read/View More:

City worker sexually assaulted in Brooklyn park Friday
WABC News - August 20, 2010 - By Dara Miles

New York Times City Room - August 19, 2010 - By Karen Zraick

New York Daily News - August 19, 2010 - By Ryan Strong and Jonathan Lemire

WCBS - August 20, 2010

NY1 News - August 20, 2010

New York Post - August 21, 2010 By Lorena Mongelli, Jamie Schram and Erin Calabrese

A Walk In The Park - July 1, 2010 - By Geoffrey Croft

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