Seaport Co-op Residents Notified About Recent Sexual Assault
By Dana Varinsky on October 14, 2013 1:06pm
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — A notice posted in the Southbridge Towers apartment buildings on Saturday informed residents about a sexual assault that occurred behind the complex's dumpsters.
According to the advisory, building security was notified Friday afternoon of a man and woman having sexual relations on the pathway behind 333 Pearl Street, off Frankfort Street.
After the individuals were asked to leave the grounds, the woman reportedly told security she had been attacked, the notice said. The advisory also informed residents that police had been called and the man had been arrested. Neither of the people involved in the incident lived in the co-op complex, the notice reported.
Co-op residents and staff were surprised about the news.
"Me and my wife are upset and disturbed," said Joe Cruz, 45, who has lived at 333 Pearl Street for two years. "The startling and confusing part about it is there are thousands of tourists walking by over here on Frankfort, so it's hard to see how it could have happened," he added.
Halil Kukaj, a maintenance staff member who has worked at the complex for 17 years said he has never heard of anything like this before. "It's a very quiet place, security is good. I don't know how that happened," he said.
Neither buiding management nor NYPD provided any comment on the incident.