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Man Arrested, Charged In Brooklyn Rape And Rob Spree

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Investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with a string of home invasions and sexual assaults that took place in Brooklyn late Monday night.

Edgar Marrero, 24, faces charges of rape, attempted rape, burglary, robbery, forcible touching and sexual abuse.

Police say it all began late Monday when the suspect forced his way into an apartment on Berry Street in Williamsburg.

They say he knocked on the door and pushed his way when the woman answered.

Once inside, police say he raped the 27-year-old victim and fled once she began screaming, allegedly taking her laptop and cellphone.

Police say once he left the Williamsburg apartment, he attempted three similar attacks.

Authorities say he entered another apartment in the vicinity of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint at approximately 9:45 p.m. Monday.

They say he forced a 40-year-old woman to a couch and attempted to attack her, but the woman's husband came out and fought off the attacker.

The suspect allegedly left with her cellphone.

Police say he then struck a 44-year-old woman in the face with a bag and sexually assaulted her in the vicinity of Kingsland Avenue and Nassau Avenue shortly after 10 p.m.

According to police, the man then entered an unlocked door of an apartment in the vicinity of Norman Avenue and Kingsland Avenue at approximately 11:20 p.m. and attempted to assault a 37-year-old woman, but the woman's roommate scared the suspect away with a broomstick.

Police allege that the suspect left that location with a laptop and a cellphone.

"It's scary, though, because I've been living here for over 40 years and nothing like this has ever happened, ever," said one neighbor.

"It's pretty chilling because this neighborhood is pretty quiet. I've lived many places in Brooklyn specifically, and this is like the safest I've felt in any neighborhood, especially walking home late at night," said another neighbor.

One man said he may have seen the attacker prepping for his assault last week.

"After I really looked at him, at his face, I realized that he was the person that I had seen sitting across from me at the other stoop, and that's when I put two and two together that this guy was apparently casing out each individual house. But by the time I could get to my phone and take a picture of him, he had already ran inside the house and whatever he did after that," said one neighbor.

Police say they were tipped off by another woman who saw a person fitting the description sleeping in a building on Nassau Street.

The suspect was later taken into custody and brought to the 94th precinct.

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