The teenager already charged with one Allentown rape early Saturday is the main suspect in a second rape that occurred last week near Allentown, authorities said Thursday.
Dionte M. Cooper, 16, of Porter Avenue, is a suspect in the early July 2 rape of the woman who had ridden her bicycle home from her work at an Allen Street restaurant and was storing her bicycle in a shed off Delaware Avenue. Police are reviewing DNA evidence before moving forward with additional charges, authorities said.
Cooper is not a suspect in the late June 29 rape and robbery of a woman walking on Niagara Street, near the Shoreline Apartments, but police say they are making solid progress in that case.
Cooper was arrested Saturday afternoon.
Police also continue to investigate an attack on a woman who was beaten on Ashland Avenue near Bryant Street on Sunday.
Meanwhile, residents plan an evening of activities Sunday as a demonstration of their outrage over the attacks.
It begins with participants assembling at 7:15 p.m. at Symphony Circle, Richmond Avenue and North Street, with a march starting at 7:30 p.m. through the neighborhood and returning to the circle for a “speak- out.” Those planning to attend are asked to bring candles and lighters.
Numerous individuals have posted their intentions on social media to participate.
“Reports of recent attacks, sexual assault, and harassment of women in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, Allentown, and the West Side have left our community feeling scared and angry,” a notice on Facebook states. “We will march together to Take Back the Night and send a message of solidarity to the victims of these recent crimes and ALL women and people who fear violence.”
The “Take Back the Night” page can be found at www.facebook.com/events/258261424365842/.
The West Side is not the only area where sexual violence and other crimes against women have occurred in recent days.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, near Dodge Street and Jefferson Avenue on the East Side, a teenage girl said someone in a black, four-door Cadillac, possibly with a tan-colored roof, attempted to “lure or pull” her into the vehicle, but she managed to escape unharmed.
Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge urged anyone with information to call or text the Buffalo Police Department’s Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255.