GREENPOINT — North Brooklyn residents are on edge following an early morning attack that left a woman with a gash on her neck, according to local police, and are calling for a community meeting to discuss this and other public safety concerns.
The recent attack took place on the residential block of Sutton Street between Driggs Street and Nassau Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, according to police.
"[The woman] received a cut on her neck from being assaulted by an unknown amount of people," said Capt. Peter Rose, head of Greenpoint's 94th Precinct. Rose said it wasn't clear what kind of weapon had injured the women, but that it wasn't a knife.
Police interviewed the woman, whose age wasn't released, at Beth Israel Hospital following the attack, though it wasn't clear how she'd gotten there.
Special Victims Officers have also spoken with the victim, following posts that spread across Facebook and Instagram that the woman had been raped, though as of Monday no rape had been reported to police, Rose said.
"As far as the facts and circumstances it's all suspect and it's all being investigated," Rose said.
Following the incident and comments from nearly 100 concerned residents on social media, neighborhood advocate Emily Gallagher organized a town hall meeting set for Thursday.
"We are our own best defense against violence, and I know that often we don't personally know the folks on our block-- the very people we could reach out to if we needed help," she said.
The Sept. 13 assault was followed by another a day later nearby in front of 164 Driggs Ave. just before 5 p.m., where a 36-year-old woman was shoved to the ground by an unknown attacker who crept up behind her, according to police.
That case was marked closed though no arrests had been made, police said. Felony assaults were down 15 percent from last year and other sex abuse crimes were down 37 percent this year, according to police statistics.