(THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE: Sheepshead Bay Sex Assault Suspect Fires At Cops, Sparking Five-Hour Pursuit)

There is currently heavy police activity in Sheepshead Bay, near Emmons Avenue and East 14th Street.

A helicopter circles above the Belt Parkway, expanding and contracting its search as police vehicles roam the streets at least as far north as Avenue Y.

We’ve received messages from readers with conflicting accounts. We are working on discovering the details, but here’s how one tipster described it:

Sunday 11:35 pm: Five squad cars and at least one unmarked suv patrolling east 14th &15th … Pedestrians of a young male description were being stopped on emmons according to several young neighbors returning from the store. Foot patrols of 4 and 6 officers walked East 15th and checked alleys and vacant lots. NYPD Helicopter was brought in to circle overhead. Entire brigade moved off towards Coney Island Avenue around 11:50 pm although what seemed to be more than one helicopter continued to sweep the neighborhood until after midnight.

UPDATE: A Facebook reader points us to these alerts on Twitter, from: @AlwaysAction. However, it says West 12th Street, and we haven’t yet verified a connection:

Screenshot taken 12:10 a.m.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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  • http://twitter.com/MarkPak Mark S.

    Never a dull moment at the bay! BTW please report on the deadly MVA on the belt last night..

  • ES

    Communique from near the Kings Bay Field section of the Bay: The helicopter just flew over my house at 12:31 a.m.

  • Me

    I live on Ocean & X my fiance and I were stopped by officers while walking our dog. They asked for identification and let us go. I can still hear the helicopters circling the area. Hope they find who they are looking for.

  • HH

     Finally that chopper stops flying around. Guess they caught ‘em

    • Poe

      And it’s back!

    • HH

       Spoke way too soon, its back :(

  • Guest

    Reports say the perp is Hispanic  I would like to question Robert where he was around 11:30pm. Just saying

  • Di

    yeah I hear em on ocean ave ave x 

  • Andrew Kent

    If you have a police scanner, you can hear the play-by-play on 476.4625 MHz.  It’s a busy night.

  • yana

    but what happened?

  • yana

    who they r looking for,.i hear them

  • Andrew Kent

    They were looking for someone supposedly hiding in a dumpster behind Reynolds, but now they’re trying to get access to the school to search.  The original call may have come from a porter inside the school.

  • yana

    thanks, but why?>there is no school here.what happened?its a lot off police in front off my house

  • yana

    what did the person do?why is he hiding?

  • Bigloofah

    Sounds like the helicopter is periodically passing low and directly overhead at Homecrest and Z. They’ve been at this for over an hour.

  • Brighton chica

    my mom thinks Maksim escaped….lol

  • yana

    wasnt like that with maxim.its on ave x and shorepkwy,.

  • Henryrollinsrocks

    They circled over shore parkway and east 13th & Homecrest for about 40 minutes. A police van drove over a pile of garbage as though they were trying to scare somebody who was hiding in the pile and then walking officers came over and kicked the trash cans.

    More officers were searching the bushes behind a building on Homecrest. Helicopter is still flying in the vicinity of the Belt Parkway and East 14th street.

    61st Precinct was very vague on the phone. When asked why there is a helicopter circling they replied “just an increased presence.” When asked if there is any cause to be concerned or anything to look out for they replied “no, just an increased presence.”

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  • Rita M.

    from what my facebook reports, some girl was raped at gunpoint and they are looking for the perp! never a dull moment in our neighborhood.. time to move!

  • Chinaloka187

    The helicopter is flying over banner avenue currently. The person they are looking for. Can easily hide in the construction site under the bridge going on to the belt over the bushes on guider avenue or the newly constructed condos on ci avenue and guider.

  • Bigloofah

    Sounds like they either caught him or ran out of gas.

  • yana

    perperator is shooting?

  • Henryrollinsrocks

    I wonder what the status of the situation is…

  • Guest

    E12th has half of the block closed off with yellow tape … from what the cops are saying shots happened right under the bridge on Neptune side. 

  • yana

    shore pkwy and ave x, construction.he could easy hide in here.the cops r standing on another side on a hwy.i dont understand how its working out

    • Chinaloka187

      Exactly

      • yana

        how come they think that by standing on one side gonna do any good.same shit was with gelman, the were kinda searching brooklyn while he was in the city,and they can let people know,so the kids will not stay putside for long now

  • yana

    i see it from my window

    • Poe

      Point a webcam at it!

  • yana

    wish i could.i think they should stand on both sides,

  • yana

    no one went in to the construction sait, its a lot of tracks here, he could easy be in one of them

  • yana

    i hope the girl is going to be ok

  • Chinaloka187

    He is definitely there. By the over pass on to the belt parkway.

  • Henryrollinsrocks

    Thank you Sheepshead Bites for posting about this and being more helpful/informative than the police on the phone at the 61st Precinct. I wish they had at least not lied claiming it was just “routine increased presence” and been honest and said “please remain in your home, but we are not at liberty to share details at this time” or something along those lines.

  • Chinaloka187

    Thinking if I should go see its on the corner of banner ave & Brighton 8th street

    • Fidensiolopez16

      I just went downstairs theres nothing at neptune and coney

      • Chinaloka187

        Should be closer to the bridge on coney not by 12th str.

  • yana

    can they try to see whats going on in construction sait

    • Chinaloka187

      The helicopter is not going to but the ones on the ground can.

  • Chinaloka187

    Guessing the search is over cause the helicopter is no longer hovering. Any new updates????

    • Fidensiolopez16

      I asked the same

  • yana

    they all standing under the brige,a few cops r walking around

    • Chinaloka187

      Which one the coney or the 12th street bridge???

  • yana

    well its over, they all left, no cops r here.so who knows if they got him.

    • Chinaloka187

      Smh!!

  • Dan.

    Hispanic male white beard
    black jeans wanted for rape at gun point at Jerome and east 12 he shot
    at a police officer , armed with a knife and gun .. They have someone
    now at custody .

  • CallmeMaybe

    just went to the deli near the train station, and saw some cops goin to dunkin donuts, looks like they found what they were looking for

    • Beekayhoax

      Geltman hid in the abandoned traintracks on Ave H and ocean ave, in the little room where bums used to hang out as we were kids, it crosses the Q line, so he probably snuck on thru the back of the platform, he never hid in the city till the early morning fiasco.

  • Ilan

    Article from DNA Info updated 58 Min ago:

    Sexual Assault Suspect Fires at Cops in Sheepshead Bay, Police Say
    BROOKLYN — Cops are hunting a man who fired at police during a chase after he attacked a woman in Sheepshead Bay early Monday morning, the NYPD reported.

    Shortly before midnight, officers received a report that a woman in her 20s had been sexually assaulted near Shore Parkway and East 14th Street, police said. As cops canvassed the area, they encountered the suspect, who fled the area on foot.

    “The suspect did at one point turn around and fire something in the general direction of the officers,” a police source said. “It’s unknown if it was a firearm or a pellet gun or a firecracker. It did make a noise of some sort.”The suspect escaped, authorities said, and no one was struck or injured in the incident.
    ~~ All that ruckus and the suspect still escaped. I didn’t sleep 1/4 the night because of all the noise; I’m curious why the guy got the head start to begin with. Than again there’s tons of places to hide in our area, especially if there’s a waiting vehicle at some point; the guy’s gone.

    • Unknown

      Makes me feel real safe that the 61 can’t catch shit This dude is still out lurking around. :(

      • Ilan

        Yeah, it’s disappointing. I’m sure they did whatever they can; you could hear their effort. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UVFOC5NO4AAOEASBC3FQBCQUJE REALITY EXPOSER

        if it’s not a weed smoker, the NYPD is helpless, they are pros at the weed arrests!

        • Kevin L

          Generally, cops WOULD be pros at arresting people doing illegal things (like weed).

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  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

    THIS JUST IN: Cop have no idea what a gun sounds like!

    or

    THIS JUST IN: Cops struggle/give up trying to catch a man on foot

    All joking aside, I hope they catch this *&^* and split him open.

  • Guest

    it is insane what is happening to our neighborhood. it used to be safe and good. where are all these people getting guns???