COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER & STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS JOIN COMMUNITY LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WOODSIDE SEX ATTACK
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER
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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** September 13, 2012
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COUNCIL MEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER & STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS JOIN COMMUNITY LEADERS TO SPEAK OUT
AGAINST WOODSIDE SEX ATTACK
On September 13th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Michael Gianaris joined community leaders to speak out against a recent sex attack that left a woman in Woodside with a broken nose.
According to the 108th Precinct, in late August, a man on a BMX bicycle approached a woman at around 3:30a.m. and repeatedly hit her in the face as he attempted to force her to perform a criminal sex act. The victim was able to flee the scene and now the suspect is still at large.
“The community of Woodside will not tolerate these types of violent sexual attacks,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “One sex attack in our city is one too many. I encourage everyone in the community to be vigilant as the 108th precinct pursues leads in this case. By coming together we can track down this cowardly criminal and make sure he is punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old, 5’5″- 5’9″ tall, 155-170 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes and a thin build.
Council Member Van Bramer and State Senator Gianaris spent the morning with community leaders handing out fliers with a description of the perpetrator to commuters in the neighborhood in order to raise awareness about the incident as well as help police identify the suspect responsible for the crime.
“Women should not have to live in fear of being threatened or assaulted as they go about their daily lives,” said State Senator Gianaris. “Such attacks on women are unacceptable, and my heart goes out to the victim. We must do everything in our power to find miscreants like this and punish them to the full extent of the law.”
“Let’s be clear: there is absolutely no room in our community or our society for these types of attacks,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “And, this community will not stand by and let attacks like this happen. We must do all we can to bring the coward responsible for this attack to justice and I urge everyone to take a good, hard look at the photo and contact the authorities if you have any leads. By working together, I hope we can bring this attacker to justice and give the women of our community a little peace of mind knowing this person is no longer walking our streets.”
Council Member Van Bramer is currently working with the NYPD at the 108th Precinct to support the full-scale investigation already underway to capture the perpetrator as soon as possible.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
In the attached photo, Council Member Van Bramer is joined by Adrian Bordoni, Executive Director of Woodside on the Move, Debbie Markel, District Manager of Community Board 2, and State Senator Michael Gianaris.
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