Armed Robbery, Rape, Attempted Rape on 82nd Street in Bay Ridge

Update: as of this morning, March 10, there is a suspect, Abdallah Elawar, 22, in custody. He lives only about two blocks away from 82nd Street.  Police identified him based on his resemblance to the man shown in the recently-released surveillance video -- and based on a lineup.  Elawar was known from his prior contacts with the NYPD, including an alleged statutory rape.   

Update: view Bay Ridge Journal photos of the area where the crimes were committed.

Within a 20-minute period on Friday, February 25, a man robbed and sexually attacked two women around 82nd Street in Bay Ridge.

It was hard to tell, from the early accounts, what the cross streets were. They were variously identified as Fort Hamilton Parkway, 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues, between 82nd and 83rd Streets.

This updated account from the Brooklyn Paper placed both incidents on 82nd between 5th and 6th Avenues, but later accounts placed the second assault between 6th and 7th Avenues, between 82nd and 83rd Streets.

The first assault:  at 11:20 PM on 82nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, the man came up behind a 44-year-old woman as she entered the front door of her apartment building, put a gun either to her head or her back, and forced her inside the building.

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