The suspect wanted for allegedly grabbing, pistol-whipping, and attempting to drag a 27-year-old woman into his waiting car has been arrested by 76th Precinct cops, said the police.
Officers arrested Willie Weathers, 42, at around 10 p.m. on Monday, July 29 — less than a day after the attack at 2nd Place and Court Street occurred — after the woman, who had fought back and screamed during the assault, picked him out of a lineup.
Weathers has been charged with “kidnapping, assault, and gun charges.”
Councilmember Brad Lander thanked the 76th Precinct for their work while noting that “the attack reminds of the need for all of us to be vigilant against violence in our community, and especially violence against women.”
Lander then listed several community organizations that women and families can turn to for help in such instances: the Center for Antiviolence Education, Hollaback, Sanctuary for Families, Safe Homes Project, and our local precinct community councils.
“As we approach ‘National Night Out’ next week, this is a good time to get involved with anti-violence efforts,” he said.
The suspect sought in a similar, but unrelated, case in Bergen Beach the previous Monday, July 22, is still being hunted by police, however.
In that incident, a 23-year-old woman managed to escape her would-be kidnapper at around 2 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at the corner of Bergen Avenue and Avenue K.
The suspect in that case is a Hispanic male driving a dark-colored minivan. He was armed at the time.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.