CIVIC CENTER — A Long Island man who hid in a tree after sexually assaulting a woman in a Stuyvesant Town elevator in 2014 was convicted on Wednesday for that incident and two other attacks in the East Village, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.
Juan Scott, 28, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to first degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony and two counts of sexual abuse in connection to three separate attacks on women in the East Village and Stuy Town, Vance said.
Scott was arrested on Oct. 20, 2014 after he tried to rape a woman in a Stuy Town elevator and then hid in a nearby tree when neighbors chased him off, police said at the time. Following his arrest, police connected him to two other attacks, one on a stranger and one on a woman he had previously dated, according to Vance.
In the first assault, Scott followed a 23-year-old woman into her East Village apartment building on June 2, 2014 just before midnight and sexually assaulted her before she managed to escape, Vance said.
In the early morning of Sept. 21, 2014, Scott and a woman he had previously dated got into an argument in her East Village apartment, when Scott pushed the woman onto her bed, slammed her head against the wall, and sexually assaulted her, according to Vance’s statement.
Scott popped up again on Oct. 17, 2014 at about 4:30 a.m., when he followed a 20-year-old woman into the elevator of a building in Stuy Town, pushed her to the ground, and began sexually assaulting her, according to Vance.
Multiple residents of the building heard the commotion and came out of their apartments. Scott fled and hid in a nearby tree, according to police reports at the time.
Security footage released at the time shows Scott standing in the elevator with the victim, and then dashing out the door following the assault. The video then cuts to Scott scrambling out of the upper branches of a tree and running into the night.
After police publicized the video, an anonymous tip led them to Scott, who was arrested on Oct. 20 at his parents’ house in Long Island, Vance said.
Scott is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 6, according to Vance.