“As I’ve always said one is too many,” he said, noting that “there was some familiarity between victim and suspect. The rapes were not street or stranger rapes.”
Despite the slight increase in crime over the last month, in 2012 the 108th Precinct ranked 7th overall in greatest crime reduction.
Powers did not provide any new information on the Louis Rispoli case, which is still an open investigation. Rispoli was struck in the head in Sunnyside last October and later died of his injuries.
Powers said that it may take a while, even years, but the case will remain open until it is solved. He urged the community to keep sending the precinct tips, “even if we’ve heard it before.”
Another major crime that was discussed at the meeting was the recent rash of car thefts and break-ins occurring throughout the precinct. Powers said police track car-stealing recidivists because they are the most likely suspects.
“We have a very simple but, I think, effective system where my guys track our usual suspects,” he said.
Powers said that the numbers of car break-ins were still low, but that it is a crime of opportunity and difficult to prevent.
“Making an arrest for breaking into a car is difficult,” he said, “You really need to be there. These crimes can happen in less than a minute.”