Posted by: Kerri | Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00AM
I REALLY hope that if some perv exposed himself to me on the F train, I'd be able to rely on Crime Stoppers to take down my account of the incident without coating it with listless responses and sarcasm. This is exactly what happened to FiPS reader "D," who recently sent us this email detailing such an incident:
Last week some pervert fully exposed himself to me on the F train --during the morning commute when there were a lot of people on the train. It was 7:15 in the morning and I was way too tired to think fast enough to take his picture or anything like that. I just got up and moved.
Then, to my horror, this weekend I saw a sign posted with the drawing of the park slope rapist and it looked exactly like the guy from the subway. Yesterday I decided to call Crime Stoppers because it seemed like maybe I could provide some kind of useful information, like what the guy was wearing, what stop he got off on, anything.
Let me tell you, the detective I spoke to was horrible, sarcastic, and rude and it scares me that these are the people who are supposed to be catching this guy. Here’s how the conversation went:
Cop: Hello, this is detective so and so (I wish I’d written down his name)
Me: Hi, I’m calling because I think I may have some information about the Park Slope rapist.
Cop: How do you know there is a Park Slope rapist?
Me: Because everyone in Brooklyn does—I’ve seen it on the news, in the paper, etc.
Cop: So what, do you have his name and number?
Me: Um, what? No but someone exposed himself to me on the subway last week and after seeing the drawing of the guys face, I think it’s the same person.
Cop: Doesn’t really do me much good unless you know where the guy is. The thing about this number is that they say you should call if you have any information, but we really need good information.
Me: I was just trying to be a good citizen and give some information that might help you catch him, like what stop he got off on or the fact that he carried a small green duffle bag.
Cop: Okay, sure what stop did he get off on?
Me: Jay Street around 7:15 in the morning last Wed.
Cop: Describe him.
Me: I described him.
Cop: Jay Street around 7:15?
Cop: Okay. Click.
Okay, granted, maybe I didn’t have the best information but the guy was rude and dismissive to me from the start and didn’t ask any details about the guy exposing himself to me, which I'm pretty sure is also against the law. So he knew of another crime and didn’t ask anything about it.
It's too bad "D" didn't get the detective's name. He could use a good scolding. For shame, nameless Crime Stoppers detective! For shame.