Police Say Teens Knew Security Code Leading to Robbery and Sexual Assault

Neighbors say the security code was shared at a party the weekend prior

Cops say a party the weekend prior likely is to blame for the breach in security leading to the break-in, robbery and sexual assault of two residents at 543 Madison last Monday.

According to police, the crime took place in a building on Madison and Lewis Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant that housed tenants new to the neighborhood.

The new-fangled security system requires a punch code for entry, while guests must be buzzed in only after showing their face on the video camera. Apparently, the residence where the crime took place held a party the weekend prior and, according to neighbors, they were giving out the code to the building to facilitate entry.

“These were responsible, working people,” said police of the building’s tenants. “But most of them are from out of the borough and apparently think it’s okay to just leave their doors unlocked inside of the building because of the security system outside.”

The perpetrators—Dezhuan Samuels, 18, Derrin Dyson, 17, Christopher Scott, 17, and a 13-year-old, whose name is not being released due to his age—knew the security code, and used it to gain entry. Cops are not saying yet whether or not one or more of the suspects either attended the party or knew someone who attended the party.

But they knew the code and also had enough information about the tenants’ lifestyles to know that they sometimes left their doors inside of the building unlocked.

The four teens broke into the apartment at about 12:45 p.m. on January 30, while two residents were still inside, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman. Wearing ski masks and carrying a gun, the suspects tied up both victims and three of the boys—including the 13-year-old—sodomized the woman.

The teens then took three laptop computers, a cell phone, jewelry, credit cards and cash.

All four suspects later were arrested. Dyson faces burglary charges along with criminal possession of stolen property. The other three suspects face charges including robbery, criminal sex acts, criminal possession of a weapon, forcible touching and sex abuse, according to the Daily News.

Police are not saying yet whether or not the suspects’ capture was a result of a positive identification by one or both victims. The suspects were awaiting arraignment Saturday, and the investigation continues.

pat February 08, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Why has Jeffries not made a statement on this yet. Let's hear what it will be this time. Who will we blame this one on? Will it be the so called Gentrifiers, or on poverty? Anyone? This should motivate Blacks to take to the streets and protest the hell out of their own community. But this won't happen, because the it did not involve me attitude prevails in this community. This community will take to the streets to make sure a person that does not own a property stays in it. When it comes to serious issues the community hides like a bunch of cowards. I can't believe no one has commented on this yet. Say something, do something, or it will continue. I do and will continue to do so, as long as I am a part of this community.
Joe February 08, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Furtgo February 08, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Perhaps this particular crime would not have happened if the security was taken seriously. Change the code temporarily and while you can trust one person, you can't trust the people they may know. This is horrible. Don't understand how Jeffries is involved in this, as he did not tell the robbers the code.
Karen February 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Joe, I don't think a stupid comment like yours is what Pat was hoping for. As a new resident to the neighborhood, I am grateful for the friendliness that some neighbors have offered (certainly not all, but you know, that would happen anywhere). I am cautious on the street and at home, as any city resident should be. I know there are a lot of decent people here, as well as some bad apples like these kids who did the assault. Hopefully their quick arrest will serve as a wake up call to their parents, esp those of the 13 year old, who has a better chance of being saved than the older boys. I think if community members, especially men, could step up their efforts to mentor young people who maybe don't have the best parents or examples at home, it could do a lot of good. We should be organizing to stop cuts to public jobs and social services, for job training and creation and higher wages, not robbing new neighbors as a solution to our problems.
Jad2k February 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Don't you live in the community too? Let's start with you...
Flex February 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Uh, who is Jeffries? And what is he supposed to say to make you happy?
Sheila Hollingsworth February 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I take offense to Pat's comment about the people of this community being a bunch of cowards! Crime has gone on in this community since time & memorial! This one no more horrendous than the others! Of couse a new comer would not be aware of all the community activism around crime & other issues that affect this community, that for years has been ignored, by officials! But now that these same people have family & friends living in the hood, security has been beefed up! This is NYC crime happens, nobody likes it! You're here now, join the people that's been working for years unassisted to make this a better place for all to live here! Don't feel so special about yourself! 10yearsnew2thehood!
Sheila Hollingsworth February 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Ps! Let's be thankful that the crime was solved so quickly! & hopefully they have the right People!
Lolo February 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Does anyone read Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch? Their crime blotter is incredibly looooong. Are crimes simply under reported in B'stuy or is this really the "better" neighborhood?
roger wilcox February 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Anyone who knows Brooklyn will tell you that both neighborhoods require caution as far as not becoming a "victim". Now to answer your question, crime is under reported in Bed-Stuy.
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