NYC RAPE SUSPECT CHOKED HIS EX AND BEAT UP HIS FATHER, COPS AND COURT DOCS SAY
January 3, 2021
C.J. Sullivan, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
The homeless Manhattan man charged in last week’s strangulation rape of a 27-year-old woman had grabbed the throat of the mother of his child months earlier, according to police and court records.
Elijah Kelly, 23 — who was busted Saturday in the New Year’s Eve rape in Kips Bay — also “jumped” his own father in June, the documents claim.
Kelly was released without bail in both cases, which are still pending, when he launched his latest attack, say cops and court records.
He allegedly strangled his ex in Jamaica, Queens, on May 23, the records show.
The woman, with whom he has a child, got an order of protection against Kelly in March. But that didn’t stop him from allegedly attacking her two months later.
The woman told cops that Kelly “grabbed her neck with one hand and applied pressure, making it difficult for her to breathe,” according to a criminal complaint in the case.
When the victim tried to use her phone to dial 911, Kelly allegedly smashed it on the ground, the complaint said.
Kelly was charged with assault, criminal mischief, criminal contempt and aggravated harassment in that case.
In the alleged attack on his dad, Kelly is accused of jumping the older man during an argument in Queens on June 25 and then stealing his father’s mobile phone, according to a criminal complaint.
Kelly, who was charged with harassment and petty larceny in that case, was already facing the charges related to allegedly attacking his ex at the time, the records show.
Kelly attacked his latest victim at 30th Street and Third Avenue around 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, cops said.
Police said he posed as a delivery man and raped the woman when she opened her door — choking her while he attacked her.
Kelly had most recently been living in a notorious homeless shelter that houses more than two dozen registered sex offenders, The Post revealed in a report Saturday.
The Bellevue Men’s Shelter has long been the subject of neighborhood complaints.
“The shelter has been a problem for years and no one has done anything despite the neighborhood complaining,” said local resident Linda Rosenberg, 43. “That side of First Avenue is desolate, so the city uses it like a dumping ground.”
“It is very frightening,” added neighborhood resident Tina Chin, 28. “You don’t know who is who.”
Kelly is now being held on $100,000 cash bail or $300,000 bond.
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