Tonye Iketubosin, an Occupy Wall Street protester who served food at Zuccotti Park camp has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a woman and is a suspect in a rape.
The 26-year-old man was charged yesterday after allegedly groping an 18-year-old protester in a tent he helped her pitch on October 24.
The woman told police in a delayed report on Tuesday Tonye Iketubosin had refused to leave when she returned hours later to sleep.
She had managed to shove Tonye Iketubosin out of the tent after he grabbed her thigh and buttocks. It is not believed she was acquainted with him before the incident.
Police confirmed Tonye Iketubosin was arrested on Broadway and Liberty shortly after the incident was reported.
Tonye Iketubosin was arraigned on Thursday night with bail set at $7,500 bond or $5,000 cash.
The man resides with his aunt in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and he has a sealed juvenile record in Texas.
The prosecutor told the New York Post Tonye Iketubosin is a suspect in several rapes at the Zuccotti Park.
Tonye Iketubosin was being questioned over an alleged assault that occurred on October 29, after another 18-year-old woman from Massachusetts accused him of raping her in a tent at the encampment.
Occupy Wall Street spokesman Patrick Bruner told DNA Info he was not aware of specifics about the alleged incidents. “But I can say that we take security and safety very seriously at the park and have many dedicated working groups that are devoted to creating and maintaining a safe space in Liberty Square.”
Reports of sexual assaults have prompted concerns about security in New York’s Zuccotti Park, and other cities where Occupy demonstrations are taking place.
In Dallas, police recently arrested convicted sex offender Richard Wayne Armstrong, 24, for having sex with a 14-year-old runaway in the Occupy Dallas camp.
Richard Wayne Armstrong is being held on felony charges of failure to register as a sex offender and sexual assault of a minor. The girl is in the custody of Child Protective Services.
ABC News reports on October 15, police responded to a delayed report of a sexual assault at Occupy Cleveland.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited unconfirmed reports that Occupy Wall Street protesters are allowing crimes to go unreported and are instead chasing wrongdoers out of their park encampment.
Michael Bloomberg declined, however, to say whether the information could be grounds for police to forcibly evict protesters from the site.
“Instead of calling the police, they form a circle around the perpetrator, chastise him or her and chase him or her out into the rest of the city to do who knows what to who knows whom,” Mayor Bloomberg said, although he noted the city was uncertain of the reports’ accuracy.
“If this is in fact happening, and it’s very hard to get good information, it is despicable.”
Meanwhile, in lower Manhattan today, 17 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested today at Goldman Sachs’ headquarters.
At the Goldman Sachs building, police demanded that the protesters get off the private pavement in front of the entrance. Most did. But the rest sat down and refused to walk.