Update: This arrest relates to an attempted rape that occured on July 20, just after midnight, on West 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway, police told the Rag on Saturday morning.
“There is no arrest on file for [the 82nd Street] incident,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “This remains an active investigation.”
The man arrested for the 69th Street attack is 20-year-old Estarling Cabal Martinez from Brooklyn. He is charged with attempted rape and sexual abuse.
Martinez allegedly grabbed a 33-year-old woman from behind and “dragged her into a secluded area, out of view of the street, [where] he molested and attempted to rape her,” police said.
The Daily News reported that “Martinez was with a lawyer when he surrendered in Brooklyn on Thursday night.”
Meanwhile, police continue to search for the 82nd Street assailant, who allegedly pushed a 23-year-old woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her. This was posted on the corner of 82nd and Central Park West this week.
Previous Report: Police have arrested a man they said committed sexual assaults on the Upper West Side and elsewhere in the city, according to Deputy Inspector Neil Zuber, commander of the 20th precinct. The assaults included one on Central Park West near 82nd Street on Saturday, July 16 where the assailant allegedly pushed a 23-year-old woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
Zuber wrote that “video surveillance played a pivotal role in both connecting the crimes in different parts of the city to a single perpetrator and positively identifying him for arrest. The Special Victims investigators did a fantastic job bringing this matter to a swift close, thanks in no small part to the public’s concern and attentiveness.”
This is a breaking story. We will update it when we get more information.
Good! We need more high-def cameras on street corners!
amazing! WE NEED MORE CAMERAS!
I hope this is a situation where this guy will be held in jail and not let right back out.
Agreed. On a related note, the state senate elections are coming up. These are the people who actually have power regarding bail laws, sentencing, etc.
WSR usually does a great job profiling candidates in these types of elections so we are well informed. Hopefully they will do so for this. I have begun to do my research and the choice seems pretty clear for my district, but I am eager to learn more.
And to those who are going to complain, I believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and deserves due process. But once found guilty, especially multiple times, there should be consequences. This keeps the bad guys off the streets and makes those contemplating crimes think twice. Currently there aren’t really any consequences.
“Once found guilty”, as Leon should know, has nothing to do with bail laws. Bail is pre-trial.
Multiple offenses ARE currently taken into account on sentencing. The idea that there are “no real consequences” in New York State to being found guilty of committing violent crimes has no relationship to reality.
The people who are against bail reform never answer the question: what about the literally thousands of people who, pre bail reform, had not been convicted of a crime but were simply awaiting trial, who languished in jail for many months? What happened to the presumption of innocence? What happened to everyone being equal, rich or poor, before the law?
I support that someone should be held without bail pending trial if there is a fair judgement that he/she is a legit danger to the community. a person charged with multiple rapes would most likely fit that criteria. A person charged with a non violent offense, much less likely,
We often differ significantly but I don’t think we are too far apart on this. The current laws have swung too far in the direction of leniency. The current default is to let someone walk, regardless of the nature of the crime and the number of offenses on their record, unless it is a truly heinous crime. I don’t think we should swing 100% back in the opposite direction, but some change is necessary.
I agree that someone should not sit in jail for months if accused of a minor crime and it is their first offense. But violent crimes (and the definition of violent should not just be attempted murder, but most any attempt to injure someone else) should not receive leniency, both in terms of bail and actual sentencing. And repeat offenders of “minor” crimes should also be treated this way.
The bottom line is that we should trust judges to use judgement, though there should be some general guidelines. Right now, the guidelines are too loose and judges can’t do much.
And an easy partial solution to this problem that I have suggested before is to hire more judges. That way the accused will not be awaiting trial for so long, because I agree that this is a big problem.
And yes, there is a candidate for state senate for some/all of the UWS who seems very focused on this. Do your homework and get out and vote.
Did you read the article in the NYTs yesterday about the twice paroled 83 year old woman who dismembered another woman after she was paroled the 2nd time. She had also dismembered another woman when paroled the first time.
I agree, the pendulum has swung too far on the leniency side of the scale.
totally reasonable. but what about when those people commit yet ANOTHER crime?
hell i don’t know, but maybe the real solution here is to speed up the judicial system.
A person accused of multiple rapes would ‘most likely’ fit the criteria of being held prior to trial? MOST LIKELY?
What about persons with multiple convictions? Multiple arrests, and multiple convictions.
It’s people like you who make NYC and the UWS an unsafe to life with your namby-pamby weak-as-one-egg-pudding kumbaya blather.
Couldn’t have said it better. I can handle myself. Many can’t as they walk by someone that looks to do them harm. Yet you get these woke people that have given up our community cheering for the criminal and not caring about the victim. You commit a crime, you pay the penalty. It really is that simple.
We need accountability and consequences for crimes, not playing statistics.
I personally don’t believe that any of the democratic nominees are up to it. We will get more lip services and no action.
How bout putting boots on the ground again to prevent crime instead of more cameras. Cameras just help capture criminals post facto. Crime prevention means some poor human doesn’t have to be traumatized or injured.
You have to have the boots. Retirements are up and enrollment down.
I hope the victims can feel a bit better now and try to get over the horrific trauma they endured.
Good news for all the women in general. Hope the scumbag won’t be released anytime soon.
Cameras are great, we definitely need more of them, but we do need police presence ready to jump into action as well. Enough criminal coddling.
I wonder how fast he’ll be released. I wonder what his punishment will be. I have a feeling I know the answer to both these questions.
Acceding to this the suspect turned himself in. Only 20 years old…
He’s an equal opportunity coward. Has to steal a woman and then steal sympathy for what he knows he did wrong.
Congratulations to the NYPD for good work!
Hopefully the changes to bail reform that Governor Hochul included in the 2023 budget will help.
I wonder what changes she is proposing now. She rebuffed Adams only recently when he asked for it.
Comments mentioning Democrats are censored by this website, but any negative speech against Republicans is allowed. Disgusting.
Thanks for calling this out; I had no idea!
Interesting, this made them take the Republican-bashing comment down. Nicely done. I’d agree, WSR’s political bias is very clear. Every election, they only ever bother to profile the Democrats
Every paper is allowed editorial content. Call me when there are some positive comments about Democrats on Fox News.
I was in a hotel in Georgia. In the breakfast room Fox News played nonstop. On the morning when in my room I watched a bipartisan panel discuss the Jan. 6 hearings on CNN, in the breakfast room was no news other than “Scandal Engulfs Pelosi’s Husband.” As though the Jan. 6 commission had turned up nothing the previous day.
Jon Stewart just this week. Roger Waters last year. Geraldo Rivera is democrat. Shep Smith is a democrat.
Fox headline today “Republicans join Democrats in praising Biden for death of al Qaeda leader Zawahiri”
Allowed – yes. Journalistic integrity is a completely different matter. Neither CNN nor FOX have it. Do you want our local rag be a mouthpiece for a particular party or biased a certain way?
If found guilty – lock him up for a very long time.
not a chance. not here. Not anymore
Friday evening I was buying a lottery ticket at w71 & bway
Guy in front of me punched the shop guy— drew blood— tried to rob him of lottery tickets
Cops came after perp was long gone…
Needing a camera means ITS TOO DANG LATE. Prevention, people – prevention.
Lights, we need more lights, (and I have to wear special glasses that shield me from lights, but I’m still for them) and maybe get rid of those dark sheds that provide cover for sinister activities. Let cops walk around and be a little menacing. If you ain’t doing anything wrong, that shouldn’t be a problem!
I’m doing my best to solve the bail “reform” fiasco by not voting for any incumbent to the state legislature this fall.