Elvis Nina Pichardo, 40, was arrested Wednesday in connection with three assaults on women in Inwood Hill Park.
A man arrested for allegedly assaulting three women over the course of an hour in an Upper Manhattan park had been released just weeks, according to reports, for a similar attack in 2007.
Elvis Nina Pichardo, 40, was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to sexually assault two women in Inwood Hill Park on Wednesday, and hitting another woman with a tree branch as she “constantly banged her head on the ground,” the police said. Police. New York Post.
Police say he tried to pull down her pants to rape her.
Later that evening, he entered a medical spa and was told to leave, after which he reportedly returned, exposed himself and “desecrated the front door,” police said. ABC7.
Pichardo was charged on Saturday for attempted rape, attempted criminal sex act, sexually motivated assault, threat, robbery and public fornication.
But this isn’t the first time Pichardo has been arrested for a sexual assault.
In 2007, he was arrested in Waco, Texas for randomly targeting, threatening, and then assaulting an 18-year-old girl.
He was reportedly carrying a box cutter at the time and was charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse.
Pichardo was convicted of the crime in 2008 and was released from prison on May 6, according to the Post.
He was living in the Bronx at the time of Wednesday’s attacks, and was originally arrested on a separate public indecency charge in Chinatown.
Pichardo was charged on Saturday for attempted rape, attempted criminal sex act, sexually motivated assault, robbery and public fornication.
Pichardo was seen on Saturday walking out of a courthouse after his arraignment
The Manhattan attacks on Wednesday began around 10:50 a.m., when a man, now reportedly Pichardo, approached a 24-year-old woman and punched her in the face, saying he wanted to rape her.
“I want to take you to the park and rape you,” he told the woman, according to the… New York Daily News. “I have a condom.”
The suspect allegedly took the woman’s Apple watch, iPhone and earphones before he fled.
Just 40 minutes later, a man threatened to kill a 40-year-old woman’s dog while she was walking the puppy in Inwood Hill Park. As with the first incident, the man also threatened to sexually assault her before running away after she yelled for help, police said.
Just before noon, a 44-year-old woman was out walking her dog when a man tried to talk to her before hitting her in the face with a branch, causing her to lose consciousness.
Authorities said he also took off the woman’s pants when she was unconscious and only fled after she woke up.
A Good Samaritan, who had just found the victim’s dog nearby, spotted the woman as she stumbled out of a wooded area in search of help.
She told the Good Samaritan that she may have been sexually assaulted, and her head and face were also slashed. She was taken to the Haarlem hospital in stable condition.
Police investigated the site of the attacks on Wednesday and have since arrested Pichardo in the alleged attacks
Police confirmed to DailyMail.com that one of Wednesday’s cases was being investigated as possible sexual assault
Park visitors, especially women, express concern for the safety of Inwood Hill Park, where a brutal, yet unsolved, murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox took place in 2004.
“At 11 a.m. I was allowed to walk my dog before I went to work. Who thinks that’s going to happen?’ Amanda Hall-Smith said, according to: ABC7.
Nearby violent crime is 53 percent higher than the national average, with a 1 in 59 chance of being a victim of a crime, Area vibes reports from Inwood.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about Wednesday’s crimes to call the Crime Stoppers tipline at 800-577-TIPS or Submit an internet tip.
The attacks come amid a rise in crime in New York City.
Data from the NYPD shows that the number of rapes has risen 2.8 percent so far this year, with 778 reported in the year to July 18, compared to 757 in the same period of 2020.
Other sex crimes are up 24.3 percent this year to 2,489, compared to 2,002 last year, according to statistics from the NYPD.
The number of shootings rose 21.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year on July 18, the most recent data, with 840 shootings in 2021 compared to 689 in 2020.
There are also 16 percent more shooting victims this year, the data shows, with 981 people falling prey to gun violence compared to 846 last year.
The number of homicides has also risen from 233 to 226 over the same period – a 3.1 percent increase, while rape cases have increased by 2.8 percent and other sex crimes by a whopping 24.3 percent.
The biggest jump in crime rates is for hate crime, which is up 110.4 percent over the past year. This data comes amid countless indiscriminate attacks on Asian Americans in the city in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eric Adams, the ex-cop who is the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, warned earlier this month that “no one will come back” if violence, especially gun violence in the Big Apple, continues.
The Brooklyn borough president appeared at an event with Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 14, as the two political leaders formed a united front in tackling the worrying rising crime rate.
“No one will return to our multibillion-dollar tourism industry if 3-year-olds are shot in Times Square,” Adams said.
Adams, 60, won the Democratic primary for this year’s mayoral race and will become New York City’s mayor if he defeats Republican Curtis Sliwa in the general election.