Sexual predator convicted
James Schlau, 47, was found guilty in June of sexually assaulting three women in Hunts Point.
A jury convicted Schlau, a registered sex offender, of multiple sexual assault, rape, and weapons possession charges stemming from three separate incidents in 2010, one in April and two in June.
Schlau, of 924 Fteley Avenue in Soundview, faces up to 25 years in jail for each of the four most serious charges. He has prior convictions for robbery, and an out-of-state sexual assault conviction for which he served six years.
In all three incidents, Schlau picked up women in their twenties and thirties in a car on the Hunts Point side of the Bruckner Expressway late nights, drove them to isolated locations, and threatened to cut them with a razor knife
or a box cutter unless they performed oral sex on him.
He raped one of the women in his car, and attempted to rape another.
Police nabbed Schlau a night after receiving a tip describing him and the car he was driving.
Sentencing has been set for Tuesday, July 19.
Shooting at Spofford and Faile
On June 19, at around 2:30 a.m. a 25-year-old man was shot in the shin at the corner of Spofford and Faile. Officers found him lying on the ground when they arrived at the scene. He and his girlfriend were approached and confronted by several men, when a dispute broke out. One of the men fired three rounds at the victim, fled, and has not been caught. The victim has declined to provide a description of the shooter to police, or to identify others in the group that approached him and his girlfriend.
Homicide on E. 163rd St.
At about 4:15 on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 28, 21-year-old Aisha Morales was shot in the head in front of her home at 1018 E. 163rd St. She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital where she died the following day. Police say the suspected shooter, 26-year-old Catherine Morales, no relation to the victim, has not been apprehended. Catherine Morales is listed as 5’0 tall, about 100 lbs, and was wearing a t-shirt and black shorts at the time of the shooting.
There are no community council meetings scheduled for July or August. The monthly meetings take place the first Thursday of each month from September through June at the 41st precinct on Longwood Ave. Residents are encouraged to come share information, learn about neighborhood issues and speak with local law enforcement when meetings resume in September.
National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2, between 4 and 8 p.m. in front of the Police Athletic League at 991 Longwood Avenue. The annual event aims to provide an opportunity for residents and police to get to know each other in friendly surroundings. Free food, music, rides, and games will be available for children.