Bronx, NY – Police have arrested the gang member accused of brutally raping a 70-year-old woman at gunpoint while he was out on parole in July.
The horrific attack occurred in the stairwell of the victim’s Belmont apartment building at approximately 2 a.m. on July 27, the New York Post reported.
The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old alleged Crips gang member Reginald Bellot, was wearing a black mask and a second red plastic face covering when he came up behind the elderly woman, pulled out a gun, and raped her, according to the New York Daily News.
Bellot fled the scene afterwards.
Nearly a week later, the woman went to BronxCare Health System Hospital to be treated for her injuries and reported what had occurred, the New York Post reported.
According to state corrections records, Bellot was sentenced to two years in prison in 2015 due to an attempted burglary conviction, the New York Post reported.
He was sentenced to 18 months to six years in prison in February of 2018 in connection with an attempted robbery and prison contraband conviction, the New York Post reported.
Bellot was released onto parole in February.
New York detectives were able to identify Bellot as a suspect after tracking his movements on the apartment building’s surveillance cameras, the New York Daily News reported.
🚨WANTED for RAPE: Know this guy? On 7/27/21 at approx. 2:00 AM, in the Belmont section of the Bronx, the suspect approached a 70-year-old female from behind, forced her into a stairwell at gunpoint, then raped her. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or anonymously call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/WO9Kgkh6O3
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 3, 2021
He was arrested on Sept. 7 for the attack on the 70-year-old woman and is now facing new charges of unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal sex act, predatory sexual assault, strangulation, and rape, the New York Post reported.
Bellot was already in jail in Mount Vernon on new weapon possession and burglary charges when he was charged in the rape case, according to the New York Daily News.
He had been locked up at that facility since Aug. 3.