Brutal rape murder
Police investigating the brutal rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen, 24, a John Jay College graduate student whose naked and bound body was found on Sat. Feb. 24 off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, were focusing this week on Pioneer Bar, 218 Bowery, where she was last seen alive by friends during the early hours of Saturday.
Police said St. Guillen might have visited another bar in the neighborhood after leaving Pioneer, located between Prince and Spring Sts.
St. Guillen, a magna cum laude graduate of George Washington University and a graduate student in criminology at John Jay, decided not to leave Pioneer Bar with a friend at about 2:30 a.m. She spoke by cell phone to a friend about a half hour later, according to daily newspaper reports.
Her naked body, with hands, feet and head, including her mouth and nose, bound by clear packing tape, was found wrapped in a quilt near Fountain and Clearview Aves. off the Belt Parkway in the Spring Creek wetlands after an anonymous 911 caller reported where the body was located.
The Medical Examiners office said St. Guillen died of asphyxiation and strangulation and may have been gang-raped or sexually assaulted with an instrument.
A resident of Massachusetts, she attended Boston Latin, an elite public high school where she tutored other students. St. Guillen came to New York in 2004 for graduate studies at John Jay and lived on West End Ave. on the Upper West Side. John Jay professors described her as a top student.
Rape guilty plea
A defendant charged with the June 8, 2005 rape of an 88-year-old woman in her Pike St. apartment pleaded guilty to first degree rape on Thurs, Feb. 23. Reggie Owen, 27, was arrested last November after DNA found at the scene matched his profile in a police database recorded when he was convicted of two violent attempted burglaries in the late 1990s in Brooklyn. He spent three years in prison for the attempted burglaries.
Owen pleaded guilty to pushing his way into the apartment of the victim, an Asian immigrant, raping her and stealing $200 before fleeing. He is to appear before State Supreme Court Justice Micki A. Scherer on March 22 for sentencing.
A 13-yearold girl told police in Chinatowns Fifth Precinct that an unidentified man attacked and raped her in the stairwell of her building shortly before 4 p.m. on Tues. Feb. 21. The suspect was described as a black man about 6 tall, wearing a black do-rag on his head and a gray waist-length jacket. Police would not say where in the precinct the attack occurred.
Dan Hoyt, 43, a resident of E. 10th St. and owner of Quintessence, a raw food restaurant at 263 E. 10th St., pleaded guilty in Criminal Court on Monday Feb. 27 to public lewdness for exposing his genitals to a woman passenger on an R train near Prince St. in Soho last August. He was sentenced to two years probation and has agreed to seek psychological treatment.
Hoyt was arrested after the woman took a picture of him on the train with her cell phone camera and later posted the image on the Internet. He had been charged in 1994 with public lewdness but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.