Police: Woman raped by suspect who then burglarized her home days later – wearing clown makeup

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LONG ISLAND, NY – A 33-year-old man was arrested in Long Island after he allegedly committed a string of offenses, which included him reportedly raping a woman and coming back to her home to burglarize it while adorning clown makeup.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini, convicted sex offender Joseph Johnson had violently raped a woman and then returned to her home two days after the alleged rape to burglarize the residence.

During the purported burglary, Johnson was said to have been wearing clown makeup. DA Sini referred to the case as being “extremely disturbing”:

“This is an extremely disturbing case. As alleged in the indictment, this defendant went on a crime spree that escalated from breaking car windows to breaking into the victim’s home twice in the span of 72 hours, raping and repeatedly strangling the victim while threatening her life.”

“This is a dangerous individual and a convicted sex offender who is now off our streets thanks to the excellent work of the Suffolk County Police Department and Assistant District Attorney Ferron Lien.”

From what the indict says, Johnson allegedly broke into numerous vehicles on September 19, 2020 between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. that were parked near the Wyandanch train station via smashing the vehicles’ windows.

On that same day, prosecutors say that Johnson then broke into a home in Wyandanch and proceeded to rape a female victim – strangling her in the process – and then took of with some cash from the residence, as well.

After said incident, the victim of the rape had decided to have some security cameras installed in and around her home. But on September 21st, the rape victim realized that her cameras were shut off and many facing in directions they weren’t originally aligned to.

Before the feeds from the cameras were compromised, prosecutors say that footage showed Johnson while wearing some clown makeup.

It was thanks to a Suffolk County police detective that had recognized Johnson on the video footage that police were able to identify and arrest the suspect.

Later, DNA evidence would come back tying Johnson to the rape that had transpired two days earlier from the September 21st incident.

Johnson has since been indicted under charges of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, burglary, strangulation, five counts of criminal mischief, and petit larceny.

Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Chris Ann Kelley had set Johnson’s bail at $500,000 cash, $1 million bond, or $5 million partially secured bond.

If convicted, Johnson could serve up to 25 years in prison for the alleged rape and 15 years for the September 21st incident.

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In other cases revolving around violent sexual assaults in New York, a man accused of a rape allegedly committed on New Year’s Eve had been a resident at a homeless shelter marred with controversy over the years. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 23-year-old rape and robbery suspect said to have attacked a woman on New Year’s Eve was found to have been residing in a homeless shelter that was notorious for hosting over two dozen sex offenders

On December 31st. police say that 23-year-old Elijah Kelly forced his way into a 27-year-old woman’s Manhattan home. Officials allege that Kelly had knocked on the door initially, posing as a deliveryman when the victim had answered the door. 

Kelly then allegedly pushed his way into the victim’s residence, choking the woman until she fell unconscious. Once the victim regained consciousness, officials allege that Kelly then raped the woman and robbed her of her credit and debit cards.  

The accused rapist was eventually located and apprehended along East 30th Street and Third Ave in Kips Bay, which the area was said to be not far from where the sexual assault and robbery transpired. 

As it turns out, Kelly was said to be a resident at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter – a homeless shelter that has gained a reputation for playing host to numerous miscreants and sex offenders

This 1000-bed shelter in particular has a years’ long history of housing dozens of sex offenders at any given time, with there currently being at least 26 registered sex offenders living within the facility currently.

Some of the sort of people residing in the Bellevue Men’s Shelter are 35-year-old David Bradley, a man convicted of forcibly prostituting a 23-year-old woman. 

There’s also 58-year-old Johnny Ellis, who was convicted of raping a 50-year-old woman at gunpoint. Also residing in the shelter is the 47-year-old convicted serial rapist, Charada Turner. He was convicted of raping three women at knife point, and was only sentenced to 13 years in prison for the rapes as well. 

Violent crime linked to the shelter has been ongoing for several years now.

Back in 2017, 56-year-old Marcus Guerreio was found dead – laying in a pool of his own blood – inside one of the shelter rooms. In 2016, a resident of the shelter was said to have stabbed a 78-year-old woman who owned a tailor shop in Kips Bay. 

Going back to 2015, there was also the incident when 48-year-old Rodney Stover – another Bellevue resident – raped a 23-year-old woman inside of a bar bathroom. 

City officials were said to have promised to do something to address some of the ongoing concerns with the facility earlier in 2020 – but concerns only related to the homeless found sleeping among Bellevue’s hallways in light of the pandemic rather than addressing the violent crime stemming from the facility. 

Ironically, some of the shelter residents were opting to sleep inside of the shelter hallways because of the lack of security within the bedding areas of the facility, according to Derek Jackson, director of the law enforcement division in Teamsters Local 237:

“There’s no one to protect anyone in there. They feel safer in the lobby, but that’s not safe at all with coronavirus.”

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