Translated From: Latino who molested a woman in an elevator had just left the…
Discovered on: 2022-05-13 13:03:46
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Ramon Rotestan, a recently paroled high-risk registered sex offender, was arrested yesterday as an alleged rapist at knifepoint of a woman in an elevator in the Bronx (NYC) this week.
He turned himself in last night around 8:30 pm at the 49th Precinct, police said. He was charged with rape and robbery for sexual reasons.
Rotestan had been paroled March 30 from state prison, where he served 16 years on similar charges of rape, sexual assault and robbery, records show. That privilege was granted for five years, until March 2027.
“Our most violent prisoners are continually being released despite being a danger to the community”
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He is now being held without bail at his arraignment last night in Bronx Criminal Court, in connection with the alleged sexual assault that occurred around 10pm on Monday, when the suspect followed the victim into the building on Bolton Street. and Lydig Avenue at Pelham Parkway.
Once they both met in the elevator, he appeared to speak to her while displaying a knife, according to the surveillance footage analyzed. He reportedly told her, “’This is a robbery, don’t do anything stupid,’” according to police and prosecutors. He then sexually assaulted her and stole $112 from her, the NYPD reported. The unidentified 40-year-old woman was taken to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment.
“This defendant has a long history of not only violently assaulting women, but also failing to comply with court orders,” Assistant District Attorney Tala Nazareno told the court.
Rotestan had two previous arrests for rape, one on Dec. 11, 2005 and another on Feb. 2, 2006, and a previous one for attempted sexual abuse on Feb. 28, 2006, according to police sources. In each of those cases he was armed with a knife, he approached his victim in an elevator and robbed her.
He also served time for robbery and criminal possession and attempted sale of a controlled substance, records show.
“Our most violent inmates are continually being released despite being a danger to the community,” an unnamed law enforcement source told the New York Post. “We are harming the community and almost complicit in their next crime.”