Police arrested a man wanted in connection with several home invasions — two of which were violent — that happened during a three-hour span Monday in Brooklyn.
A homeless man, 24-year-old Edgar Marrero, was arrested Tuesday after police questioned him about the violent robberies.
The first attack occurred at 85 Berry Street in Williamsburg around 8pm Monday. Police said the suspect was able to enter to the 27-year-old woman’s apartment and struck her in the face, knocking her unconscious. When she came to, he was on top of her and she was being sexually assaulted.
She managed to fight him off and scream, causing him to run out of the apartment, making off with her laptop and phone. The woman was taken to Woodhull hospital.
The woman’s neighbor, who only went by Peter, said he saw the man on the block before.
“This guy was sitting across the street last week and he was casing out the entire side over here. I looked at him. I stared at him. And he got up and walked away,” Peter said. “And then yesterday when I saw him go up the stairs, I said this doesn’t look right… And then I came back out about 15 minutes later and all of a sudden I see an ambulance here.”
Police said Marrero’s crime spree continued around 9:45 p.m. on Driggs Ave. where he walked through an open door and confronted a 40-year-old woman sitting on the couch. She screamed and her husband ran to help her, managing to fight the intruder off. They suffered minor scratches during the struggle, and the suspect stole a cell phone on his way out.
About 20 minutes later police say, the same man walked up to a woman trying to lock up her bicycle at Kingsland Ave. and Nassau Ave. and punched her in the face before sexually assaulting her.
Then, just before 10:30 p.m., the suspect found a door that had been left ajar nearby and walked in.
He forced himself on a 37-year-old woman inside, and threw the woman down on the sofa. But the victim’s screaming and fighting scared him off. According to the NYPD, the man stole the woman’s laptop before fleeing.
Around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday police got a break when a woman reported a homeless man sleeping on the third floor of 161 Nassau St. Marrero fit the description and officers took him in for questioning that morning.