2007-01-12 / Community

Rockaway Man Posed As Cop To Rape Three Women

A Far Rockaway man, on parole for sexual offenses committed in 1994, has been charged with masquerading as a law enforcement officer during the past month and approaching three young women - two of whom he brought to Queens motels and is alleged to have raped, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown identified the defendant as Eric McCoy, 37, of 147 Beach 26 Street.

McCoy is charged with impersonating a police officer and using the threat of false arrest to rape two teenage girls and a woman, Brown said.

Flashing his identification, McCoy allegedly gained his victims' trust. He is charged with attacking one woman last month and another on January 2. A teenager who he targeted the same day in a Rockaway Laundromat got away when another woman became suspicious and called 911.

The DA said that McCoy carried a card bearing the letters "PSI," which he told the victims stood for "Police Special Investigator."

"The defendant is accused of gaining his victims' trust of the police in order to disarm them of any natural suspicions of strangers before revealing his true intent and preying on them," Brown said in a prepared statement.

McCoy, who is a convicted rapist, was released in the spring after serving 13 years in prison under a different name, Frederick Mack, authorities said.

According to court papers obtained by The Wave, at approximately 5 p.m. on December 4, McCoy approached a 27-year-old woman as she exited a bus in the vicinity of Rockaway and Sutphin Boulevards, produced an I.D. card and identified himself as an investigator.

As he questioned her, the defendant allegedly took the victim's bag and planted a packet of what appeared to be marijuana in the bag. When he pulled out the packet, the defendant placed the victim against a wall and spoke into a black walkie-talkie - giving her the impression that he was talking to other officers.

When she began to panic, the defendant allegedly told the victim that he would take out his gun and shoot her if she moved and informed her that she was in serious trouble and subject to arrest. At this point, the defendant allegedly told her that he was taking her in for questioning at a surveillance room where other officers were stationed.

They then took a livery cab to the Airport Motor Inn on Rockaway Boulevard, where he allegedly beat her with a belt and forced her to have sex with him under the threat of being arrested. The defendant subsequently escorted the victim out of the motel and allegedly told her to walk home before he got into a cab.

According to the court records, on the morning of January 2, the defendant approached a 15-year-old girl on the corner of Beach 25 Street and Seagirt Boulevard and, once again flashing an identification card, told her that he was investigating an assault. He then is alleged to have proceeded to question her in an officious manner, spoke into a walkie talkie and told her to stand in front of 25-17 Seagirt Avenue for the purposes of identification in a criminal investigation before telling her to wait inside a nearby Laundromat in order to avoid arrest.

Once inside the Laundromat, the victim approached a woman who called police.

Two hours later, McCoy allegedly approached a 17-year-old girl at the corner of Main Street and Union Turnpike and, once again, displayed an I.D. card and identified him as an investigator. Stating that he had a gun, he allegedly told the teenager that she needed to accompany him for questioning.

The defendant then allegedly proceeded to take his victim to the Kew Motor Inn, located at 139-01 Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica, where he proceeded to question her.

As part of his ruse, he allegedly spoke into a walkie talkie, wrote notes during his questioning of her, searched her backpack and temporarily took her I.D. and cell phone. The defendant then is alleged to have informed her that she was in serious trouble and that if she did not cooperate with him she would be arrested and be unable to make bail, she would not see her parents anymore, and that he could shoot her at any time.

He also told her, records show, that

if she had sex with him he would let her go.

As in the earlier motel incident, he is alleged to have forced the victim to have sex with him under the threat of being arrested.

McCoy was released on parole in March of last year after serving a sentence for rape, kidnapping, sodomy and robbery, records show.

McCoy was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on January 5. He is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of sodomy in the first degree, assault in the second degree, three counts of criminal impersonation and two counts of coercion.

If convicted of all charges, McCoy faces 25 years to life in prison.

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