26-year-old Tonye Iketubosin of Crown Heights allegedly raped an 18-year-old woman from Massachusetts early Saturday morning, and sexually assaulted another 18-year-old woman on October 25th at the park. According to Beau Sibbing, a Wisconsin resident who has been working in the kitchen at Zuccotti Park for the past three weeks, Iketubosin was banned from the park after word spread of the allegations; but he kept showing up, and on Tuesday night, “a whole bunch of people came and made him leave the park. Then the NYPD picked him up. I wasn’t sure if it was for his own safety or if he was being arrested.”
A randomly interviewed female protester had this to say about the incident:
“I think this is an isolated incident,” Greenfield says. “I don’t have any reason to believe that the victim would lie, and I don’t want to believe that anyone would lie about this, but I still think that it’s always important to hear both sides.”
Mayor Bloomberg, however, had a different reaction:
“If this is in fact happening—and it’s very hard to get good information—it is despicable. I think it is outrageous and it really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe.” [bolding in original article]
He went on to say:
The mayor called the occupiers’ version of vigilante justice “disturbing,” and was asked if he was “very” concerned about the practice: “‘Very’ understates it. It is a very high priority. We have an obligation to protect everybody in the city.”
A Citizen Journalist from All Voices had this introspective comment:
I am put off that not more has been said about the two sexual incidents or other crimes in the park. When police were allegedly brutal with protesters, it was all over the headlines. Non-stop coverage. And now, one would be hard pressed to learn of the aforementioned stories or other petty crimes taking place at the site. It is even more disturbing when the protesters arrange family night sleepovers and children’s day. Clearly something is wrong with this picture.
Obviously it muddles the message when Occupiers defend against rapes in their midst and the 1% mayor has more of a clue about how to address sex crimes against women than the supposedly woman-friendly occupiers. The problem appears to be one of simple math.