Queens sex fiend out on bail lured woman to his apartment with fake help wanted ad and attacked her at knifepoint: NYPD
A Queens man out on bail for sexually assaulting a woman he lured to his apartment with a fake Facebook ad brutalized a second woman at knifepoint last week using the same ruse, police said Friday.
Edson Cledion, 30, was busted Thursday after DNA from the March 7 attack was linked to a disturbingly similar incident from last summer, police said. Cops charged him with committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, menacing and weapons possession.Advertisement
Cledion, using the fake online name “Eduardo,” sent a livery driver to pick up his 32-year-old victim and bring her to his Queens Village home on 103rd Ave. near 225th St. to interview for a cleaning lady job he posted, police said.
Once the woman was inside, Cledion showed her around his basement apartment, still pretending he was looking to hire someone to clean it.AdvertisementAdvertisement
But when they got to the bedroom, he pulled out a knife and ordered her to take off her clothes, court records reveal.[More New York] Attacker dons surgical gloves before beating and trying to rape woman on Harlem street, leaving her clinging to life »
“Do what I say or I’ll kill you,” the 5-foot 8-inch, 280-pound suspect allegedly told the woman.
He forced the woman to perform a sex act on him while holding the knife against her and then anally raped her, police and prosecutors said.
When he was done, police said, he grabbed the woman’s phone, erased all messages they exchanged, and walked her to the bus stop.[More New York] Pedestrian, 88, fatally struck by driver pulling out of Queens parking lot »
She called police when she got home and went to Elmhurst Hospital, where a rape kit was done. Investigators quickly learned that the DNA recovered in the rape kit matched Cledion.
He was picked up at his home after detectives learned DNA linked the two attacks, police said.
“I always thought something weird about that person,” said one neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous. Cledion would often leer at her daughters, she said. “At the window, he would always stand there and look over here. If the girls would go out, or be sitting here.”[More New York] Number of NYC correction officers calling in ‘sick’ from work surged on weekends and holidays »
After cops showed up last week asking to look at her surveillance camera footage, which has a good view of Cledion’s front door, the vigilant mom began keeping her lights on at night, she said.
“They just said my camera would have a good angle, but they didn’t tell me what happened,” she said. “He just gave me bad vibes.”
A Queens Criminal Court judge ordered Cledion held without bail. Queens Defenders, who represented him at his arraignment, declined to comment.[More New York] Pedestrian fatally struck by motorcyclist on Long Island »
Cledion is due back in court next month for an earlier sex crime that virtually mirrors the one this month.
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In the Aug. 5 incident, Cledion allegedly lured a 36-year-old woman to where he was living on 103rd Ave. in South Jamaica with a similar Facebook ad. In the advertisement, he identified himself as Donald Richemond . He was renting the apartment under the name Edson Solon, prosecutors said.
“If you listen to me,” he allegedly told the victim when he pulled a knife inside his bedroom, “I won’t kill you.”[More New York] NYC mother of two found dead with slit throat inside Bronx apartment »
Just like the more recent crime, Cledion ordered the woman to perform a sex act on him then further abused her, according to court papers. When he was done, he took that victim’s phone and erased any text messages they shared. He then called a livery for her, put money in her bag and let her go.
The woman reported what happened when she saw a cop at the Long Island Rail Road station, police said. The blade Cledion allegedly threatened her with was found inside his home and he and the woman were on video going into and leaving his apartment, prosecutors said.
Cledion, indicted for committing a criminal sex act, was freed after posting $30,000 bail for that attack.
Prior to the two sex crimes, Cledion had never been arrested, police said. Nobody answered the door at his Queens Village address Friday.AdvertisementAdvertisement Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisement