Employees Lead Police to Assailant at Ingersoll Houses
Quick responding employees pursued and led police to the suspected
assailant of their colleague, a female Caretaker J, at Ingersoll Houses on
The caretaker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was returning along the
pedestrian bridge to the maintenance area at the end of her work shift when she
was assaulted with no warning and for no reason.
She immediately ran to the nearby maintenance area “screaming that
someone had just punched her in the face,” Supervisor of Caretakers Hiram Mendez
In an instant, Mr. Mendez, accompanied by maintenance workers Raymond
Acevedo and Steven Davis, ran outside with their colleague, who was able to
identify the suspect.
“First I called the police,” said Mr. Mendez, “then we followed the man
running across the development and inside the resident building at 87 Monument
Ray Ingersoll who "planned and helped
to build a city for better living," would certainly take pride in the
recent heroics at his namesake. (Photo by Leticia
When informed by residents that the man had run upstairs, Mr. Mendez
and Mr. Davis took the elevator while Mr. Acevedo took the staircase to block
the possible escape route.
When they found the suspect on the roof, on top of the 10-foot motor
room for the elevator, he began to throw rocks at them.
“We just cornered him so that he couldn’t get away,” said Mr.
A police helicopter soon appeared followed by an EMS vehicle. After a
ten-minute stand-off, the police arrived and apprehended the suspect. Assistant
Superintendent Frank Segarra praised the response of staff and residents, noting
that a number of management department employees stayed late to console and
support the female caretaker.
“In just a few days, this dedicated employee was back at work despite
her injuries and ordeal,” he said.
Although the involved employees knew that Ingersoll Housing Manager
Jaldo Mason, Superintendent Paul Silvers and Assistant Superintendent Raymond
Santiago were all impressed with their response, they were surprised when the
Bulletin told them that their deeds were also reported to Brooklyn Property
Management Department Director Marguerite Mann, DGM for Operations Gloria
Finkelman and even Chairman John B. Rhea.
“Staff should be commended for their concern for their co-worker,” the
Chairman responded, “but not encouraged to put themselves in undue