Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of ANDRES SUAREZ, 30, for raping and assaulting a woman in her Prince Street apartment building in May 2008. A jury in New York State Supreme Court found SUAREZ guilty of all counts in the indictment: Predatory Sexual Assault, Rape in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Rape in the First Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. The defendant is expected to be sentenced on December 12, 2012.
“Using DNA evidence, the skilled prosecutors in our Office’s Sex Crimes Unit were able to ensure that this defendant was held responsible for this terrible crime,” said District Attorney Vance. “I especially want to thank the survivor of this attack for her courageous testimony, and the jury for its service.”
As proven at trial, in the early morning hours of May 28, 2008, SUAREZ followed a 19-year-old woman onto a subway train at 14th Street. When she exited at the Spring Street subway station, he trailed her as she walked towards her apartment building a few blocks away. When she opened her building’s door, the defendant rushed into the building and followed the victim up to her apartment before eventually dragging her into the courtyard of the Prince Street building and raping her at knifepoint.
According to the evidence at trial, DNA evidence collected after the rape was entered into the New York State DNA Databank, but did not match any existing DNA profiles. The case remained unsolved until SUAREZ’s DNA profile was subsequently entered into the Databank in 2011, following a conviction for an unrelated crime for which DNA collection was required.
Assistant District Attorneys Shannon Lucey and Eve Teipel handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Jennifer Gaffney and Coleen Balbert, Deputy Chiefs of the Sex Crimes Unit; Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit; John Brancato and Connie Fernandez, Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 30; and Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30. Trial Preparation Assistant William Kreuttner also assisted with the case.
ANDRES SUAREZ, D.O.B. 7/16/1982
• Predatory Sexual Assault, a class A-II felony, one count
• Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Burglary in the First Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• An Attempt to Commit the Crime of Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count