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.


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]


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]


  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.