NEW YORK CITY — A homeless man who sexually attacked two women and assaulted two others in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods — brazenly entering the homes of three of his victims — was captured Tuesday morning, police said.
Edgar Marrero, 24, who was charged with rape, robbery and other sex and property crimes, started his violent spree about 8 p.m. Monday night when he knocked on the door of a 27-year-old woman in Williamsburg.
As soon as the woman opened the door, Marrero hit her and knocked her out. He then sexually assaulted her, police said.
The woman regained consciousness in the middle of the attack and fought him off, kicking and screaming. He fled with her cellphone and laptop, cops said.
He resurfaced about an hour and forty-five minutes later near the McGolrick Dog Run at the corner of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue where he sneaked into an apartment through an unlocked door, according to the police report.
He forced a 40-year-old woman onto her couch, but took off with her cellphone when her screams for help alerted her husband who chased him off, according to law enforcement.
At 9:45 p.m., Marrero walked around Msgr. McGolrick Park and bashed a 44-year-old woman in the face with a bag at the corner of Kingsland and Nassau avenues. He then sexually assaulted her, cops said.
He attacked another woman about a block away at the corner of Kingsland and Norman avenues where again he opened an unlocked apartment door about 10:23 a.m. and attacked a 37-year-old woman, forcing her onto the couch, law enforcement officials said.
This time it was her roommate who fought him off, but again he fled with the woman's cellphone and laptop.
Police said they eventually caught up to Marrero, who they said has short hair and strong cheekbones, when tenants of 161 Nassau St. complained of a homeless man curled up on the third floor hallway. He had some of the stolen electronic goods with him, cops said.