EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — An armed man allegedly raped a woman on her way to work, sexually assaulted another after forcing his way into her home and threatened a 15-year-old girl, all in the span of two hours Tuesday morning, according to police.
A law enforcement source told PIX11 News midday Tuesday that a Queens man in his 20s is in police custody in connection with the attacks. The source said investigators have the man's car, which was seen in one of the encounters.
In the first incident, the man approached a woman, 29, on her way to work and pulled out a silver firearm on Fountain Avenue near Linden Boulevard around 6:50 a.m., police said.
He then forced her behind a truck and raped her at gunpoint then ran away, according to police.
Barely half an hour later, at 7:19 a.m., the man approached a 15-year-old girl walking on Lincoln Avenue toward Sutter Avenue. He lifted his shirt, exposing the gun, and told the teenager, "I will shoot you," police said.
The girl ran away and called 911.
Then at about 8:40 a.m., a man believed to be the same individual involved in the earlier attacks approached a woman outside her front door.
He asked for directions and when she ignored him, he pulled out a gun and pushed her back inside the home, police said. Once inside, he forced her to perform a sex act, according to police.
The same man is suspected in all three incidents, which happened within miles of one another, police said.
The man sought is described as being in his 20s or 30s, standing 5 foot 4 inches tall and last seen wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweater.
In one incident he was seen fleeing in a black Dodge Caravan with Florida plates, police said.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD's anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).