Dart Man

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Dart Man was the name given by the media for the suspect of 53 dart attacks on women during the summer of 1990 in New York City.

Attacks[edit]

The first reported incident occurred on June 28, and by July 7, 1990, more than 50 women had been struck by a dart, usually in the buttocks. The victims of attacks by Dart Man all fit a similar profile: light-skinned women attired in business suits or skirts.[1] Witnesses described the attacker as a black man.[1][2]

Apprehension[edit]

In late July, the New York Police Department apprehended Jerome Wright, a 33-year-old Bronx resident who worked as a messenger of an advertising agency.[3][4][5] Wright was identified as Dart Man by three witnesses in a police line-up.[3] During Wright's arraignment, it was revealed that he had a prior criminal conviction in 1988 for selling cocaine and in 1989 for petty larceny.[4]

On August 8, 1990, Wright was granted bail at $1,000, and all the charges against him were reduced to misdemeanors.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stanley, Alessandra (1990-07-07). "New Force In Fashion: 'Dart Man'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  2. ^ Barron, James (1990-07-03). "Man Is Firing Needles at the Backs of Women". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  3. ^ a b Stanley, Alessandra (1990-07-13). "A Messenger Is Arrested In Dart Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  4. ^ a b McKinley Jr., James C. (1990-07-14). "Bail Denied for Dart-Case Suspect; His Lawyer Calls Evidence Flimsy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  5. ^ "American Notes: New York City". Time Magazine. 1990-07-23. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  6. ^ Lyons, Richard D. (1990-08-09). "Felony Charges Are Reduced In Dart Case". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-03.