Two women were raped and a third was hit on the head with a beer bottle during three violent attacks on the West Side during the last eight days, according to Buffalo Police Department reports.
The most recent attack occurred late Sunday on Ashland Avenue near Bryant Street when a 30-year-old woman was attacked with a beer bottle and beaten by an unknown assailant, police said.
The woman told police she was put into a “bear hug” by the suspect who then punched her in the face and smashed a beer bottle over her head.
The assault occurred shortly before midnight, said police. The woman was treated at Sisters Hospital for her injuries.
Another woman, who police said tried to fight off her attacker with pepper spray, was raped early July 2 in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue. The woman, who had ridden her bicycle home from an Allen Street restaurant where she worked, told police she was storing her bike in a shed when she was pushed into the shed by a man who choked and raped her.
The 21-year-old woman was hospitalized in ECMC for two days for treatment of injuries suffered in the attack.
A 33-year-old woman was raped and robbed late June 29 as she walked on Niagara Street near Shoreline apartments, police said. The victim, who was treated in ECMC, told police her cellphone and purse were taken during the attack.
Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge declined to comment on specific elements of the crimes, but said additional patrols have been placed in the affected neighborhoods, and that active investigations have been launched in each of the three incidents.
DeGeorge reminded all residents to travel in groups, to be aware of their surroundings and not to be distracted by electronic devices.
Meanwhile, those who live and work in the Allentown area expressed concern over the violent crime in their neighborhood.
“It’s the worst nightmare you can have if you live or work here,” said Michael Dwan, a lawyer who works in private practice on Allen Street. “This community prides itself on being a place where everyone is safe whether they are gay or straight, man or woman. This sort of thing completely disrupts the feeling of safety.”
Allentown Association president Jonathan White chairs his group’s Crime Prevention Committee.