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‘Rude’ attempted rapist arrested: Police

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Police announced an arrest in a Sept. 4 knifepoint robbery and attempted rape at the Lillian Wald Houses.

Rohel Figueroa, 30, was busted on Sept. 9 and charged with attempted rape, robbery, burglary, sexual abuse and criminal trespass.

Figueroa — who allegedly wore shorts with “Rude” printed in large letters across their front during the attack — lives at 64 Essex St., in the Seward Park Extension, which, like the Wald Houses, is New York City public housing,

According to cops, on Sun., Sept. 4, at 9 a.m., he followed a 53-year-old woman into her building at the Wald Houses on Avenue D, then forced his way into her apartment. Once inside, he brandished a knife and tried to rape her. There was a struggle, during which he managed to tear off some of her clothes, after which he stole the victim’s cell phone and $20 cash and fled.

The victim was transported by E.M.S. to Beth Israel Medical Center for treatment.


  1. Bill DeBlasio Bill DeBlasio September 17, 2022

    Throw away the key.

  2. JackDog JackDog September 13, 2022

    I don’t think RUDE shorts are approved prison apparel at Rikers. But I hope he passes muster to reside there for an appropriate time instead of being rotated out the bail-reform revolving door.

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