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101st Precinct cops suspended over arrest

Police said an investigation is being conducted into whether or not the officers, whose names were not immediately released, ignored a claim made by a 15-year-old girl that Far Rockaway resident Eric McCoy had tried to abduct her outside a Laundromat near the corner of Beach 25th Street and Seagirt Avenue. Speaking on police and community relations at the 113th Precinct Community Council meeting Monday night, Patrol Borough Queens South Inspector Timothy Pearson said the officers involved will be held accountable. "The officers didn't respond as they should have," Pearson said. "A second rape possibly could have been prevented if we did our job right the first time." Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the girl reported to police on Jan. 2 that McCoy, 37, had approached her posing as a police officer and told her he was investigating an assault. After McCoy allegedly told the girl to wait outside the Laundromat to avoid arrest, she went inside and told a woman who called police, the DA said. Authorities said the two officers under investigation responded and questioned both McCoy and the girl, but made no arrests. Brown said just two hours later, McCoy, once again posing as a police officer, allegedly abducted a 17-year-old girl in South Jamaica. Brown said McCoy allegedly took her to the Kew Motor Inn at 139-01 Grand Central Parkway, threatened to shoot her, told her she would not see her parents anymore and forced her to have sex with him. McCoy, of 147 Beach 26th St., was arrested the next day on Jan. 3 and arraigned on two counts of rape, predatory sexual assault and criminal impersonation, stemming from the Jan. 2 incident and similar incident that occurred Dec. 4, where McCoy allegedly abducted and raped a 27-year-old woman. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison, the DA said. Police from the 101st Precinct could not be reached for comment. Reach reporter Stephen Stirling by e-mail at or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 162.

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