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Cops: Accused Rapist Chose Victims at Random

Police say they apprehended a "very dangerous young man" who faces up to 25 years in prison for Valley Stream attacks.

"This is extremely unique and extremely rare," said Skrynecki. "In fact, any type of...serial sexual predator events in Nassau County is very rare." Credit: Heather Doyle
"This is extremely unique and extremely rare," said Skrynecki. "In fact, any type of...serial sexual predator events in Nassau County is very rare." Credit: Heather Doyle

Police said they have apprehended a "very dangerous young man" who they believe is responsible for two sexual assaults whose victims were chosen at random.

DNA matches and suspect lineups led police to charge Nashane Peterkin, a 16-year-old high school student from Springfield Gardens, in a rape and attempted sexual assault in Valley Stream.

"We have not had a this type of situation [in Nassau County] in quite some time where the victims are randomly selected...It was very concerning," said Nassau Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki in a press conference Monday afternoon.

Peterkin is believed to be responsible for two violent assaults on women in Valley Stream. On Aug. 12, a 30-year-old woman was walking home from the Valley Stream train station when she said she was grabbed inappropriately from behind, then knocked down and punched in the face as her attacker tried to rip her shirt off.

In a second attack, a woman in her 60's was walking alone on a hiking trail in Valley Stream when she was attacked and raped, cops said. The attack happened at 11:10 a.m. Sept. 1, police reported.

Skrynecki said they are still investigating the possible connection to a Lynbrook push-in burglary where a suspect inappropriately grabbed a female homeowner and tried to choke her.

Skrynecki added they believe Peterkin is a "very dangerous young man" whose arrest brought "relief to the communities he preyed on."

Because of the lack of pattern and seemingly random selection of victims, Skrynecki said patrols were stepped up and the department was on high alert.

"This is extremely unique and extremely rare," said Skrynecki. "In fact, any type of...serial sexual predator events in Nassau County is very rare."

Several departments came together in cracking the case, including NYPD, Special Victims Unit, New York State Police, and the Nassau County District Attorney's office. Peterkin was arrested in Howard Beach Sunday morning.

The crimes Peterkin allegedly committed were "very much sexually motivated" rather than robbery, Skrynecki said. So far, police have not confirmed what led Peterkin to Nassau County. Skrynecki said Nassau County is collaborating with NYPD to see if there are any other open cases that could be connected to Peterkin.

Police said Peterkin used no weapons and investigations have indicated there were no accomplices. Until now, police said he had no criminal history but would not specify if he had served time as a juvenile.

Peterkin will return to court Wednesday and will face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. He will be charged as an adult in the crimes as New York State law mandates.

Stephanie September 09, 2013 at 04:56 PM
It is extremely disturbing that a 60 year old woman can't walk alone, on a park trail, at 11:10am. It is even more disturbing that a 16 year old would commit these crimes. This adolescent is very damaged and unfortunately, the dept. or corrections will not cure or remediate his problems. Although, at least our community will be somewhat safer when he is sentenced, and hopefully he will be sentenced. Double edged sword, so to speak. Very sad.
Frank September 11, 2013 at 07:17 AM
And DA kathleen Rice wants to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18? This sociopath would have gotten a slap on the wrist and shuffled home... All because he's "emotionally and cognitively immature"? Give this "teenager" another chance and he'll be raping faster than DA Kathleen Rice can sign the paperwork to release him back to the community at large.
Ronnie Gavarian September 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
[Quote] "We have not had a this type of situation [in Nassau County] in quite some time where the victims are randomly selected...It was very concerning..." Since it was "random" it was of concern? What are the statistics where it was NOT random? Does it make it any more "concerning" that it is random and not selected? More double talk from the folks in charge. And to put this individual away for 25 years brings shivers to my spine, considering how much it is going to cost the taxpayers of Nassau County - is it really worth it? What do you do with people like this, that have no purpose in society?

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