Elderly Brooklyn man, Bronx woman followed by strangers into respective homes in spate of horrifying incidents
The 77-year-old man walking to his residence was robbed by a knife-wielding stranger while the young woman was sexually harassed inside her home
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: In a pair of terrifying incidents this week, strangers followed an elderly Brooklyn man and a young Bronx woman into their respective homes. Authorities revealed early Thursday how a 77-year-old man walking to his residence at Avenue N and East 48th Street in Flatlands at 2:55 p.m. Sunday when he was followed by a knife-wielding man into the home. Once inside, the attacker pushed the elderly man to the ground and demanded his belongings, the New York Post reported.
The victim was then forced into a car parked outside and driven to a Chase Bank located nearby on Flatbush Avenue near Flatlands Avenue. The suspect then forced him to withdraw about $1,800 in cash and ran off with the money, leaving the car behind. According to the Post, the victim did not sustain any injury and refused medical attention at the scene.
Just two days later, a man similarly slipped into the apartment of a 29-year-old woman who was returning to her Harrison Avenue home in University Heights around 8:55 p.m. The suspect reportedly tried to converse with her while touching himself over his clothing, per the report. The woman somehow managed to escape to the bathroom, but the suspect followed her and attempted to sexually assault her, police sources said.
The victim subsequently closed the door on him, before he fled the home in a "black, 4-door sedan, heading north on Harrison Avenue towards Burnside Avenue," per the authorities, who said the victim was not injured and refused medical attention on scene.
Having said that, strangers following people into their homes can have deadly consequences. Earlier this month, tech CEO Fahim Saleh was found dismembered and decapitated in his New York City apartment after his suspected killer reportedly followed him into his apartment.
Authorities arrested Saleh's assistant, identified as 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, on July 17. Investigators in the case believe that the 33-year-old entrepreneur was murdered after he found out that his assistant had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him, sources told the New York Times. The killing reportedly occurred after Saleh set up a payment plan for Haspil to repay the money he had allegedly stolen from him. The entrepreneur did not report his personal assistant to authorities. Investigators believe that Saleh's killer returned to his apartment to clean up the mess left behind and dismember the entrepreneur's body in an attempt to dispose of it.
Another case that raised eyebrows recently was the murder of Richard Hamlet, whose body was found on the rooftop of a New York City McDonald’s after his suspected killer broke into his apartment earlier this month.
Police arrested 18-year-old Ayame Stamoulis and revealed how she, along with two men who are yet to be apprehended, broke into the victim's home in what appeared to have started as a burglary. The trio had not expected to bump into Hamlet. They then forced him to drink a caustic liquid before choking him to death. They proceeded to wrap his body in a plastic bag and threw it from the building after which it landed on the roof of a McDonald's, reports reveal.