Sex assault investigation aided by cameras from Queens apartment building

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New York (PIX11) – Residents in the Astoria Houses public housing development are still talking about Monday’s latest act of violence: a victim attacked in an elevator.

Sound familiar? Similar to the tragic story of two children, stabbed, one of them fatally, in Brooklyn?

Well, that’s where the similarities end.

Fortunately, in Queens, not only did the female victim survived a vicious sex assault in the elevator, but there are cameras here at the Astoria Houses.

Detectives apparently used it to help identify the suspect they’re now looking for: 27-year old Elvis McKenzie, a convicted sex offender.

It was at that moment that our Friday evening visit to the Astoria Houses took an interesting turn.

This seemingly minor oversight — leaf and limb filled surveillance video — could clearly hinder a criminal investigation.

Cameras installed at Astoria Houses aid the investigation of a sexually assault

Cameras installed at Astoria Houses aid the investigation of a sexually assault.

The goal  is perhaps what Angel Diaz is accustomed to.

He says he doesn’t have to worry about the lack of cameras, malfunctioning systems, or so called “blind” cameras.

He’s in a new, private apartment building with top-shelf security and pays $600 a month in rent.

“They should get their act together and install cameras,” Diaz said. “Not only that, they should have more persons.”

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