Justice for West Village Rapist
Ivan Ramos pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, two counts of criminal sexual assault and assault after he posed as a neighborhood watchman, raped and robbed a young woman in a stairwell on Perry Street last April. Today he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Many of us will never forget the violent and tragic events of March 14, 2007, when two young unarmed Auxiliary Police Officers were shot and killed in cold blood by a crazed gunman. The night was warm, and the streets were crowded, and a good time was being had by all until the entire neighborhood around Macdougal, Sullivan, Houston and Bleecker Streets erupted in gunfire and bloodshed.
The gunman, David Garvin, had just killed a worker at DeMarco’s Pizzeria on Houston Street after firing 15 shots into his body. While police were responding to that location, Auxiliary Officers Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik encountered Garvin and followed him to Sullivan Street, radioing in his location. Garvin then turned, hunted down and assassinated the two young officers who were shielding themselves behind parked cars.
The gunman was pursued to The Village Tannery on Bleecker Street, where he met his end in a police fusillade.
Several officers from the 6th Precinct showed great courage that night in pursuing the killer and shooting him down. Officer Andrew Stimus was wounded, but fortunately recovered — other officers involved had to face the trauma of that night.
Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik were two young men with brilliant futures who volunteered their time to patrol our neighborhood and make it a better and safer place for all of us to live, and gave their lives to that cause. As Auxiliary Police Officers, they were unarmed and in full uniform.
We should continue to honor and remember them, and to be thankful to the courageous officers of the 6th Precinct who protect us all.
If you’d like to show your support, there will be a procession from the 6th Precinct on 10th Street to Sullivan and Bleecker Streets, where the street has been renamed in their honor, on Thursday March 14 at 6 pm.
Update 3/15: The family friends and fellow officers marched in a procession down Bleecker Street to Sullivan Street last evening to gather and remember the two fallen Auxiliary Police Officers. Deputy Inspector Brandon Delpozo, Commanding Officer of the Sixth Precinct, promised that, going forward, the two young men will be honored every year on the night of March 14.
One of the plans for Pier 40 under discussion could eliminate our Leroy Street dog run, and the Leroy Dog Run Association wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Stephen DiMenna, spokesperson for the group, hopes neighborhood dog owners will join the Association in speaking out for keeping the dog run, and contribute ideas, talents and skills in a community effort to keep the run safe and well-maintained.
The Association is working closely with the Hudson River Park Trust and other dog groups in the neighborhood, but there are many powerful groups advocating plans that would leave neighborhood dog owners no place nearby to exercise their dogs.