The NYPD must take the ‘dirty doorman’ case seriously

The NYPD must take the ‘dirty doorman’ case seriously

It’s a New York girl’s nightmare: Somebody’s texting you obscene photographs and harassing messages — and it seems he received your title and quantity as a result of he’s certainly one of your doormen … which implies he has additionally had entry to your condominium. However the NYPD doesn’t appear to be taking the case all that critically.

Fortunately, the victims themselves supplied sufficient data that managers of the Tudor Metropolis Place co-op constructing have been capable of determine and hearth the creepy concierge.

And Publish reporters have been even
capable of monitor Jonathon Aviles down at his house in Bensonhurst, the place he invoked his privateness rights, demanding, “You have to go away the premises.”

Three of his 5 recognized victims have gone to the police, however say they’ve been informed cops can’t do a lot, since Aviles denies the accusations and used an app to masks his personal quantity. One sufferer even says a detective informed her the case was closed.

Hmm. A lawyer who makes a speciality of revenge-porn instances, Daniel Szalkiewicz, tells The Publish that he’s managed to subpoena TextMe (the app in query) for consumer information previously. And a former prosecutor notes that Aviles additionally texted pics along with his distinctive chest tattoo, which cops may additionally match.

Does the NYPD have a cultural downside right here? Again in March, the Division of Investigation discovered it had badly understaffed its sex-crimes unit and did not deal with acquaintance- and domestic-rape instances as critically as stranger-rape ones. (The NYPD vehemently disputed these claims.)

Police say their Aviles investigation is constant, although all of the allegations up to now solely add as much as a violation — harassment within the second diploma — not a felony, so he can’t be arrested.

Maybe detectives are creating proof that can permit an arrest. (The Publish is reporting that one sufferer now says Aviles continued the harassment even after being requested to cease — which may improve the offense to stalking.) Perhaps they’re searching for a subpoena of TextMe, or different technique of getting a tough ID.

We definitely hope so, as a result of it’d be outrageous to simply give this man a go.

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