Police in New York are searching for a man who raped a 56-year-old woman and then tossed her over a 2nd story railing. The woman knew the man from his involvement in the Occupy movement. The NYPD put out the following media alert about the incident and 44-year-old suspect:
As protestors begin to filter into New York City over the weekend to
commemorate the anniversary Monday of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), the NYPD
is hunting for a rapist among them. Earlier this week, a 56-year-old
woman who was in Manhattan to participate in OWS protests was raped and
thrown from two stories by an individual she recognized from previous
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10th, the assailant
forced the woman to accompany him to the elevated level of the new Pier
15 park overlooking the East River in lower Manhattan. He raped her
there and, afterwards, flung her over the second-story railing to the
ground below, causing her to sustain a broken pelvis and other serious
Police are looking for Jackie Barcliff, M/B/44, who was arrested for
assault and resisting arrest last December in front of Liberty Plaza,
and who then tried to escape after being apprehended by police.
Barcliff has frequented other OWS gathering sites in lower Manhattan in
There is video of an incident from last November where Jackie Barcliff appears to make an arrangement with a videographer to approach police in exchange for five dollars. After a couple minutes, police ask him to move along and Barcliff repeatedly tells officers not to touch him. The argument continues for 4-5 more minutes until Barcliff is told he has to leave the park because he has a skateboard.
At this point officers escort him away. Some yelling is heard and then Barcliff is arrested. Someone begins yelling "Support!" As was the custom among occupiers witnessing an arrest, someone asks Barcliff his name. He yells out "Jackie Barcliff" a few times. As word of the arrest spreads, dozens of Occupiers within the park chant "Shame! Shame!"