CANARSIE — A serial rapist with a history of violence against women was arrested Friday, police and reports said.
Dexter Bell, 23, of Canarsie, was allegedly behind three Brooklyn rapes, two in his own neighborhood and one in Crown Heights, police said, which occurred between April 4 and April 11.
Bell, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody at his grandmother's home on East 85th Street, the NY Daily News reported.
The smooth-talking convicted sex-offender, who would approach women under the guise of trying to score weed, faces multiple charges of rape, criminal sex acts, robbery, and assault in the series of attacks, police said.
The first attack took place at 9 p.m. on April 4 on Albany Avenue and Fenimore Street, two blocks from Wingate Park, according to cops.
Bell allegedly convinced his 25-year-old victim to follow him into a secluded parking lot, where he raped her.
On April 11, cops said Bell struck again, this time approaching a 19-year-old woman at 8 a.m. on Remsen Avenue and Farragut Road in Canarsie, allegedly raping her in the driveway of a private home.
A little more than 12 hours later, cops believe Bell sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at 8:15 p.m., after luring her to the sixth floor of an apartment on Midwood Street and Schenectady Avenue, several blocks away from where the April 4 alleged rape occurred.
Cops said that Bell first approached his 15-year-old victim inside the building.
According to the News, police were tipped off to Bell as the suspected rapist by a tipster who recognized him from his 2008 conviction for attempted rape of a 17-year-old, which landed him on the state's sex offender registry.