Man arraigned on SE Qns. sex charges

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A Brooklyn man was arrested and arraigned last week for allegedly attacking and sexually abusing three Queens women over a span of six weeks, the Queens district attorney said.

Charles Warren, 20, of Glenwood Road, was ordered held on $450,000 bail following his May 8 arraignment on several charges, including attempted rape, assault and robbery, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Warren allegedly sexually assaulted three women in March and April and, in the first incident, robbed the victim of her belongings, according to Brown.

“The offenses that the defendant is accused of committing are crimes of violence that pose a serious threat to public safety and which warrant vigorous prosecution and maximum punishment,” he said in a statement.

On March 12, a 19-year-old woman was entering the vestibule of an apartment building at Springfield Boulevard and 141st Avenue in Springfield Gardens around 5:30 p.m. when Warren approached her, Brown said. He allegedly punched her in the face and began to sexually assault her in the vestibule, according to the DA.

The victim tried to fight back and Warren grabbed her pocketbook and fled the scene, the DA said. A week later, he allegedly approached his next victim in Jamaica, he DA said.

Warren allegedly tried to pick up another 19-year-old woman who was walking home around 9:30 p.m., but she brushed him off, Brown said.

As she entered the gate to her property, Warren allegedly made sexually inappropriate gestures in front of her before he punched her in the face, got on top of her and told her to “shut up,” according to Brown.

He fled shortly afterward when the victim’s father came out of the house in response to the noise, the DA said. She was not raped, according to a police representative.

On April 22, Warren allegedly attacked a third woman who was also walking home from a bus stop in Springfield Gardens around 1:15 a.m., the DA said. He walked past the 24-year-old and faked tripping on the sidewalk, falling into her shoulder, according to Brown.

The woman motioned for Warren to walk in front of her and as he passed her, he allegedly grabbed her mouth and eyes and threw her to the ground, Brown said. Warren is accused of choking her as he sexually assaulted her on the street, but a neighbor heard the victim’s screams and scared him away, according to the DA.

A officer from the 105th Precinct said Warren’s 5-foot-3, 165-pound figure may have helped the women defend themselves during his attacks.

Warren was ordered to return to court May 23 and, if convicted on all of his charges, faces up to 45 years in prison, Brown said.

Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at ipereira@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Updated 10:49 am, October 12, 2011
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