Apr

18

BREAKING: J-School Student Rape Suspect Spotted?

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Spec is reporting that an employee at Appletree supermarket tipped off police to a man he believes to be the suspect in the recent Journalism School student rape. We don’t know at this point if it was in fact the suspect himself [UPDATE: He’s not], but police responded to the tip and searched the area this morning.  

UPDATE: Barnard students received the following e-mail at 5:45 PM:

      “This is a further updated advisory concerning the sexual assault of the Columbia graduate student in her West 141st Street apartment.

      We have just been notified by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad (MSVS) that their analysis of the Apple Tree surveillance tape confirms that the person spotted in the store early this morning who resembled the police sketch of the suspect IS NOT in fact the person being sought in connection with this crime. We will continue to keep you apprised of important developments as they occur.

William Plackenmeyer

Director of Safety and Security”

Add quelling your worries about wandering rapists to the possible benefits of Barnard over Columbia. 

 

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38 Comments

  1. don't over react  

    NYPD responds to all leads regardless and the suspect has been "spotted" at multiple locations at the same time.

  2. c'mon  

    Are you fucking serious?

    "The New York Daily News reported that DNA evidence that the suspect left behind, and that police hope will lead to the suspect's capture, has been found in the hospital where the victim was being treated for her injuries."

    Just think about what that actually says... Yeah. Now try and write something without sounding like a douche.

  3. appletree  

    I just walked by there (6:30pm on Weds) and three cops were talking to the owner. None of them looked too concerned, though.

  4. BC student  

    an e-mail Barnard students got about an hour ago:

    Security Alert Update:
    Assault of Columbia Journalism Graduate Student

    New York, NY -- April 18, 2007 at 5:45 p.m.

    This is a further updated advisory concerning the sexual assault of the Columbia
    graduate student in her West 141st Street apartment. We have just been notified by
    the Manhattan Special Victims Squad (MSVS) that their analysis of the Apple Tree
    surveillance tape confirms that the person spotted in the store early this morning
    who resembled the police sketch of the suspect IS NOT in fact the person being
    sought in connection with this crime.

    We will continue to keep you apprised of important developments as they occur.

    William Plackenmeyer
    Director of Safety and Security


    Security Alert Update:
    Assault of Columbia Journalism Graduate Student

    New York, NY -- April 18, 2007 at 5:45 p.m.

    This is a further updated advisory concerning the sexual assault of the Columbia
    graduate student in her West 141st Street apartment. We have just been notified by
    the Manhattan Special Victims Squad (MSVS) that their analysis of the Apple Tree
    surveillance tape confirms that the person spotted in the store early this morning
    who resembled the police sketch of the suspect IS NOT in fact the person being
    sought in connection with this crime.

    We will continue to keep you apprised of important developments as they occur.

    William Plackenmeyer
    Director of Safety and Security

  5. spec  

    really jumped the gun with this one.

  6. link  

    anyone have a link to the picture from the bodega's security camera? I can't find it.

  7. wtf  

    i don't think they jumped the gun. we wouldnt have heard anything about it if they hadn't talked about it right away.

    also, why the fuck didn't columbia get this e-mail? how come columbia women don't get this support?

  8. a point  

    it seems before the fuckwad left he took her atm card and cash and made her tell him her pin number. just as an fyi, i realize that people may not even think of this in that kind of situation, but if you can think to give the guy the reverse pin, many atm's will notify police when he tries to get cash. thats probably not true for the typical bodega atm i guess and god knows how many unnerving thoughts that woman must have been having but it cant hurt to put it out there

  9. Seriously  

    I'd like to hope that incidents like this, where barnard's better attention to its student body is so apparent, help end the unwarrented barnard bashing from my fellow columbian women.

  10. soo  

    in the event a pin was entered in reverse.. would it still withdraw the money?

  11. VIGIL  

    where are the pictures!!

  12. simple  

    speculation here, but barnard doesn't receive emails sent out to columbia unless they are forwarded by the barnard administration. maybe columbia admins. have the responsibility to send it out? i agree though, columbia should get it, especially since columbia students can also live in plimpton.

  13. On the other hand

    It was just a stupid false alarm.

  14. Anonymous  

    surveillance video analysis had shown that it was in fact the suspect, i'm sure columbia students would have gotten an email immediately.

  15. spec  

    wrote a second article when the results came from that email. They didn't jump the gun, more like the cops did their job and spec followed.

    • Mother Superior  

      I would say they did jump the gun, seeing as they called him "the suspect" in their e-mail rather than "the man identified as the suspect" or just "the man." Calling him the "suspect" is as much a leap to judgment as calling a suspect "the perpetrator" - which is why newspapers call suspects suspects before they are convicted.

      • um, no.  

        If I suspect you stole my watch, you're the suspect, even if you're innocent. You're the suspect because I suspect you, right or wrong. Dig?

        • um, yes.  

          The analogy would be like this:

          If I suspect you stole my watch, you're the suspect, even if you're innocent. If someone else then sees someone who they think is you, that person may or may not be the suspect.

          In this case, the man the Spectator referred to was not the same man who was suspected of rape; he was suspected to be the suspect, but "suspected suspect" does not equate to suspect.

          Asshole.

  16. reply to lots  

    a lot of you asked why to give him her pin? duh you idiots...if he uses the card, he gets caught on tape. when my moms purse was stolen we called the credit card companies. they don't immediately cancel the cards, they put a fraud alert on them and monitor their use. a lot of places where you can use plastic to pay, or atms, have cameras. so they match up the times and HEY PRESTO have visual ID. yea, so the guy who stole my moms purse tried to buy 25 beef tenderloins at 1AM...which in and of itself seems so conspicuous. also, it is in the bank/cc company's best interest to serve the customer, and any money spent in such circumstances is generally reimbursed

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