As reported Saturday morning, several residents said that a man had attacked a woman on East Eighth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C.
On Monday, Patrick Hedlund at DNAInfo had more details about the assault, which occurred around 8:20 a.m. Saturday. The man, listed as Neil Essex, "allegedly threw the woman to the ground and began punching her in the face ... The complaint claimed that Essex then removed the woman’s pants and raped her while choking her so viciously that she lost consciousness."
Hedlund had a follow-up story last evening. Police sources said that Essex did not know his victim, "claiming that he pounced on her suddenly on the street in broad daylight."
According to the Post today: "Essex was arrested for allegedly killing his mother in 1984; the status of that case wasn’t immediately available."
One source said that Essex had been staying at a halfway house on East Sixth Street.