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Suspect Mario Pope is charged with attempted rape of woman, 85, in Brooklyn


Suspect, 25, is arrested for ‘trying to rape an 85-year-old woman in her Brooklyn laundry room before neighbor walked in and stopped him’

  • Mario Pope, 25, was arrested on Thursday night in the Bay Ridge assault
  • Police say he attempted to rape an 85-year-old woman in her laundry room
  • Neighbor intervened to stop the attack and woman was taken to hospital 
  • Pope was free without bail after an April arrest for harassment and assault

A man has been arrested and charged with attempting to rape an 85-year-old woman in the laundry room of her Brooklyn apartment building.

Mario Pope, 25, was arrested just hours after the attempted rape at around 9.30am in an apartment building on Ridge Boulevard in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge.

Police say Pope did not live in the building, which has a buzzer system, and may have gained entry through a side door that was left unlocked.

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the laundry room and saw the would-be rapist exposing himself and assaulting the woman. The neighbor intervened to stop the attack.

A suspect, identified by police as Mario Pope, is seen fleeing through the lobby of a Bay Ridge apartment building after an attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman on Thursday

A suspect, identified by police as Mario Pope, is seen fleeing through the lobby of a Bay Ridge apartment building after an attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman on Thursday

Pope, 25, was arrested just hours after the attempted rape at around 9.30am in an apartment building (above) on Ridge Boulevard in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge

Pope, 25, was arrested just hours after the attempted rape at around 9.30am in an apartment building (above) on Ridge Boulevard in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge

Police investigate a side door on the building, which may have been used by the assailant to gain entry to the laundry room

Police investigate a side door on the building, which may have been used by the assailant to gain entry to the laundry room

Police retrieved a surveillance video image of the assailant fleeing through the building’s lobby, leading to Pope’s arrest.

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked at the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood in south Brooklyn. 

‘That is the most cowardly act I could imagine,’ neighbor Peggy McEvoy told WCBS-TV. ‘An older defenseless woman, it’s just beyond tragic.’ 

Pope faces charges of attempted rape, burglary, sexual abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment.

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the laundry room and saw the would-be rapist exposing himself and assaulting the woman

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the laundry room and saw the would-be rapist exposing himself and assaulting the woman

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked at the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood in south Brooklyn. The building where the attack occurred is seen above

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked at the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood in south Brooklyn. The building where the attack occurred is seen above

Court records show that Pope was freed without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and aggravated harassment. 

The victim of Thursday’s assault was rushed to a nearby hospital, where Councilman Justin Brennan said she ‘is doing OK.’

Brennan called the attack ‘despicable’ in a statement on Facebook.

Although violent crime overall is up sharply in New York City this year, reported rapes are down 26 percent for the year, compared to 2019.

Court records show that Pope was freed without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and aggravated harassment. Above, officers gather at the scene of Thursday's attack

Court records show that Pope was freed without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and aggravated harassment. Above, officers gather at the scene of Thursday’s attack

Supervisors and detectives consult outside the building where a man attempted to rape an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn on Thursday

Supervisors and detectives consult outside the building where a man attempted to rape an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn on Thursday

Police in New York say that rape continues to be underreported, and encourage any sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division

Police in New York say that rape continues to be underreported, and encourage any sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division

Police say that rape continues to be underreported, and encourage any sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division. 

So far this year, murder is up 40 percent across the city from the same time last year, and shooting incidents are up 91 percent. 

Pope is currently being held at the 68th precinct, and is expected to be transferred to central booking later on Friday. 

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf. 

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