New York woman, 68, was ‘beaten and raped inside a Catholic church by a homeless man’
A New York woman, 68, was ‘beaten and raped inside a Catholic CHURCH by a homeless man who has already been arrested at least 30 times since the 1980s’ before being rescued by a “hero” priest
- A 68-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Manhattan and the Archdiocese of New York over a 2019 rape case
- The victim said authorities failed to provide adequate security at the church despite the presence of career criminal Craig Ellis, 55.
- Ellis, who has 30 arrests on file, allegedly flashed older women in church before beating and raping the 68-year-old victim on January 30, 2019.
- The assault ended when Reverend Gilberto Angel-Neri intervened, causing Ellis to flee the scene; he was arrested two hours later
- Ellis’ case dates back to 1986 and includes a slew of charges of assault, public obscenity, forced touching and theft.
A 68-year-old woman was allegedly beaten and raped inside a Manhattan Catholic church by a homeless man who had been arrested 30 times since 1986, before being saved by a “hero” priest.
Career criminal Craig Ellis, 55, had attacked the unnamed woman inside the Hamilton Heights church on January 30, 2019, according to a lawsuit filed against Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the Archdiocese of New York.
The victim, identified only as “Jane Doe,” filed the lawsuit this week, claiming that Ellis was “known to church members and staff as a danger to the community” and that officials “n ‘had not taken reasonable security measures’, according to the New York Post reported.
NYPD officials said Ellis has 30 arrests on file, with the church attack being his last. His record dates back to 1986 and includes a slew of charges of assault, public obscenity, forced touching and theft.
The church and the Archdiocese of New York declined to comment on the legal issue.
A 68-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the Archdiocese of New York for allegedly failing to provide adequate security at the church despite the presence of career criminal Craig Ellis, who was accused of attacking and raping the woman in 2019
According to the lawsuit, the Ellis beat and raped the woman until the Reverend Gilberto Angel-Neri (pictured) intervened, causing the suspect to flee Ellis was arrested a few hours later
The lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court for unspecified damages, said the elderly victim approached the church at night when she noticed the doors were open but the lights were on. extinct.
The victim said he was suddenly attacked by Ellis, an infamous church figure who is said to have flashed older women before.
The lawsuit says he covered her mouth, took her to the bathroom, locked them both inside, and beat her with his fist and slammed her against the wall.
“At that time, the attacker scammed [her] clothes and raped her.
The attack ended around 10 p.m. when Reverend Gilberto Angel-Neri entered the church, causing the victim to scream for help as Angel-Neri ran to the scene while Ellis fled, according to the trial.
Ellis was arrested hours later with the victim’s jacket and cellphone at the ready.
He was charged with assault, attempted sexual assault and theft. He remains in police custody and is being held on $100,000 cash bond, the Post reported.
Ellis also underwent several psychiatric evaluations, the Post reported.
Angel-Neri could not immediately be reached for comment.
The lawsuit comes as the city continues to see an increase in rape and other violent crimes this year.
Although murders are almost the same with 67 committed so far this year compared to 66 last year, assaults have increased by more than 19%, from 3,210 to 3,824.
The number of gunshot victims rose from 181 cases to 215, more than 18% compared to the same period last year, and rapes increased by more than 31%, with 293 cases reported so far.
Robberies have seen the biggest spike so far this year, rising nearly 45% from the same period in 2021.
Overall, crimes increased by more than 47%.