Police are investigating two separate rapes in the Bronx, one in which the suspect pretended to be a building superintendent to get into the victim's apartment and another in which the suspect attacked the victim inside a stairwell in her apartment building.
A 25-year-old woman was inside her Bedford Park apartment on March 24 when a man knocked on her door at about 1:15 a.m. and told her he was the building super, police said.
The man, speaking in Spanish, said there was a gas leak emergency in her apartment and he needed to come in, according to police.
When the victim opened the door, the suspect ordered the victim to be quiet, struck her in the head with a gun and then raped her while her young daughter slept in a nearby room, police said.
The suspect ran away, and the victim was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.
Neighbors found it reprehensible the suspect used the alarming lie about a gas leak after the recent deadly East Harlem building explosion, believed to be caused by a gas leak.
"It's very worrying that there's someone going around playing on women's trust," said Sharvoka Jones.
Patique Desruisseaux said, "Now I'm kind of worried and scared."
Police are also investigating a Feb. 21 rape in the University Heights section. A 27-year-old woman was riding the elevator in her apartment building when a man entered the elevator on the second floor, police said.
When she got off on the fifth floor, the suspect followed her down the hallway, then grabbed her and pushed her into a stairwell where he raped her, according to police.
Anyone with information about either attack is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
-- Marc Santia contributed to this report.