A Hollis man was arraigned in Nassau County for allegedly raping three women in three separate attacks on Long Island between 2015 and 2020, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Adell Hardwick, 32, was charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, three counts of rape and three counts of committing a criminal sexual act, after being arrested on April 23, according to the criminal complaint.
If convicted, Hardwick faces a maximum sentence of 125 years to life in prison, according to the DA.
On Jan. 25, 2015, around 9 p.m., a woman, who has since died, was walking on Main Street in Hempstead, Long Island, when Hardwick allegedly attacked her and dragged her to an abandoned house where he raped her, the DA said.
Four years later, on June 4, 2019, around 6 p.m., a second woman was walking inside Denton Green Park in Hempstead when she was approached by Hardwick, according to the authorities. He then allegedly pushed her toward a tree and raped her, according to the DA.
Less than a year later, on Jan. 29, 2020, a third woman was leaving a local Hempstead business when she was approached from behind by Hardwick, the DA said. The alleged serial rapist took out a knife and forced the woman to an abandoned house on Hilton Avenue, where he raped her, according to Singas.
“Adell Hardwick allegedly preyed upon three women on the streets of Hempstead and brutally raped them,” Singas said. “These vicious attacks, which occurred between 2015 and 2020, are the marks of a serial predator.”
Nassau County Police Department detectives used DNA evidence to match all three cases to Hardwick, Singas said.
Hardwick, who was remanded on Wednesday, is expected to return to court on Sept. 1o.