A man charged with luring and raping a woman who was duct-taped in an East Atlantic Beach rental home could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Adan Alvarez, 23, was held without bail Saturday at his arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead. He was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, five counts of second-degree assault, strangulation, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and trespassing. It was not immediately known if he was represented by an attorney.
Alvarez was arrested Friday after, police said, someone alerted them of a trespasser near another East Atlantic Beach home. Police had been in the area at the time, showing a sketch of the rape suspect to neighbors and searching for surveillance footage when, they said, they realized Alvarez matched the description and they made the arrest.
At a news conference Saturday, police revealed details of the alleged attack.
They said Alvarez had been communicating for about two weeks with a 31-year-old woman whom he met on the classified personal site Locanto and asked her to meet him at a home Tuesday on Oswego Avenue.
The woman thought the house was his home, but police said Alvarez had broken into a vacant rental bed-and-breakfast. A friend drove the woman to the home and waited nearby while the woman was on what she thought was a date, Nassau First Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Smith said.
“It’s important to note this was not a random attack; it was orchestrated through social media,” Smith said.
The woman said Alvarez began acting strangely after about two hours of talking, when she tried to leave. Police said she was attacked and knocked unconscious as she went to the front door.
The woman woke up with her hands bound, and after realizing she was attacked, she was able to free herself and go to her friend waiting for her, police said. She was taken to a hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, fractured skull and cuts and bruises.
“This was a young woman who thought she was going on a date that turned into a horrific evening,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “She was brutally attacked and raped.”
Alvarez was homeless at the time of his arrest but previously lived on Ohio Avenue in Long Beach. He had two prior arrests by the NYPD in 2018 and 2017 for assault and sexual abuse of a child, Smith said.
Police warned about meeting people on dating sites and taking extra precautions to meet in public or with a group.
Singas said cases like this were difficult to prosecute for victims who had to recount their ordeal and continue to survive psychological trauma.
“This was absolutely brutal case and a deeply disturbing scene,” Singas said. “This is was what every person in Nassau County and particularly women fear; that they will be put in that position and taken advantage of.”