Neighborhood Chatter: Greenwich Village Rape Suspect Sketch Released
Compiled by Nick Gallinelli Rape Suspect's PoliceSketch Released Policed have released a sketch of the suspect in mid-August's Greenwich Village sexual assault incident. The suspect is believed to be around 6 feet tall with a medium build. According to DNAinfo, the man entered 85 Washington Place, a massage parlor, on Friday morning, Aug. 17, and knocked a 41-year-old woman unconscious, sexually assaulted her and robbed the business. W. Village Apartment Catches Fire, 9 Hurt Nine people were reportedly hurt when an apartment caught fire early Saturday morning in the West Village. The fire began in a residential building near the corner of Commerce and Bedford streets, but everyone was able to escape relatively safely. Two people suffered minor burns while seven inhaled smoke, but all injuries are considered minor and not life-threatening. Dog Shot By Police Making Steady Recovery Last month, the pit bull named Star became known around New York City after a video leaked of a police officer shooting it in the East Village, while the dog was attempting to protect its homeless owner. According to several reports, Star is now making a steady recovery. While Star's medical bills topped $10,000, they were paid for by a medical fund created for the pooch. Star's owner, Lech Stankiewicz, still hasn't reclaimed his quadrupedal companion, and the dog has since been in possession of Animal Care and Control. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will reportedly take control of the dog after it recovers. 9/11 Museum to Host New Exhibit While the 9/11 Museum has yet to open, Daniel Kohn's new exhibit, "Towards New Jersey," will be on display as part of the September 11 Museum and Memorial at the World Trade Center's annual gala Sept. 4. During the event, to be held at Cipriani Wall Street, a collection of Kohn's painting and sculptures will be on view. One painting, funded by the MTA, will recall the eastern and western views from the WTC's upper floors. Kohn was the artist-in-residence in Tower One in 1998-99. Woman Killed By Truck in W. Village Traffic Accident A 58-year-old woman, who was riding a scooter, was reportedly hit and dragged by a tractor-trailer on Monday afternoon in the West Village. Apparently, the driver failed to realize he had struck the woman and he reportedly proceeded to drag her down a couple of streets. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not suspect any criminal behavior on part of the driver. After the incident, state Sen. Daniel Squadron released called for more to be done "to protect pedestrians and cyclists." "There are a number of major gaps in pedestrian and cyclist safety-and now is the time for the city and state to quickly fill them," he continued. Squadron vowed to expedite bills intended to further protect New York City's pedestrians and cyclists from automobiles. "Of course today's tragedy is unique and we don't know if any of these critical improvements would have prevented it. But we must do everything in our power to prevent the next one," Squadron added.
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