Updated 11/01/2011 11:23 PM
NY1 Exclusive: Brooklyn Sexual Assault Victim Shares Video Of Her Alleged Attacker
A quick-thinking nurse caught on video the man who she says sexually assaulted her in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and she shared her story in an exclusive NY1 interview. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
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Many sexual assault victims do not want to come forward, but Precy Jumangit wants her story out in the public help warn others. When she was assaulted in Borough Park, Brooklyn on September 8, she not only fought off her alleged attacker to escape but also managed to unlock her cellphone to capture images of him.
Only five-feet tall, Jumangit fought back like a giant when a man grabbed her on her street in the middle of the night and began groping her.
"I was able to grab onto my umbrella and I just started hitting him," she said. "I don't know where I got the strength and the adrenaline from, but I just kept on hitting him and hitting him."
Jumangit said she fought off her attacker not once, but twice, and captured the suspect in pictures and video.
In one image, Jumangit's umbrella fell to the ground after she beat him with it. Another image shows the man continuing to follow her in the dark.
Then, she videotaped the man right in front of her building. The video is pretty clear because of the lighting set up under the scaffolding. He looks like he is walking away, but Jumangit said he came back for more.
"He was pushing this door and I was pushing like this [from the inside]," she said.
At the time of the attack, Jumangit, a nurse at Maimonides Medical Center who lives in hospital housing, went to get something to eat by herself late at night.
While walking on Eighth avenue, Jumangit said she felt safe because there were people around. That changed when she turned on 49th Street.
As Jumangit walked down her block, she said the man came behind her, wrapped both of his arms around her body to restrain her and then used one hand to grab her buttocks.
"That particular night, for some reason, there was no one. Even if I wouldn't have screamed, the rain was strong enough that I don't think anybody would've even heard me," said Jumangit.
She said the only thing the man said was, "I want to ask you a question," but he kept grabbing at her.
The wife and mother of three said the assault has left her shaken up.
"I don't go out so much anymore. It really took away a lot of freedom for me," said Jumangit. "I was really traumatized. I was scared, not just for me, but for my girls."
Jumangit reported the assault to police at the 66th precinct and gave them the pictures from her cellphone. The images were distributed internally but never released to the public.
Investigators say this incident is not related to a pattern of sexual assaults in the area, and as of Tuesday night the case was still under investigation.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.