BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A teenager now admits he’s responsible for three rapes in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood that left women in the area on edge.
Dionte Cooper, 16, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of first degree rape. During a one-week period in late June, early July, Cooper attacked women as they left area nightclubs and bars. In one incident, the teen assaulted a 24-year-old victim, dragged her into an alley and raped her.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says Cooper raped his first victim three days after running away from Baker Victory Home. Police used a cell phone stolen from his victim to link the teen to the crime.
Though police conducted an intense investigation to track Cooper down, they were not without their critics. A friend of the rape victim, Joshua Mullin, says he wishes Buffalo Police had notified the public after the first attack.
“The fact the cops have known about this since early last week and didn’t put anything out until this week is absolutely astounding,” Mullin said. “They’re all terrified. some of them don’t want to go out at night. Some of them are having issues leaving work. Some of these young women are servers at these restaurants and they are just scared to go home.”
Since Cooper’s arrest, News 4 has not heard of any other sexual assaults taking place in the Allentown neighborhood, putting women in the community more at ease.
When he is sentenced in November, Cooper could face up to 75 years in prison.