Police: Suspect arrested in brazen rape attempt at Manhattan station

Video captured the scene showing the man on top of a woman while onlookers yelled at him, and the clip went viral on social media.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2020, 9:40 PM

Updated 1,356 days ago

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Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection with an attempted rape in broad daylight inside the Lexington Avenue-East 63rd Street train station in Manhattan's Upper East Side.
It happened around 11 a.m. Saturday. Video captured the scene showing the man on top of a woman while onlookers yelled at him, and the clip went viral on social media.
The man, identified as 31-year-old Jose Reyes, has a prior arrest history, including incidents in the transit system, police said. He was identified from a prior mug shot through facial recognition software, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
Harrison said the victim told officers that her attacker had been on the subway train smoking a hookah, making strange noises and laughing to himself. He followed her when she got off, then knocked her down and climbed on her.
“This heinous and horrendous act was interrupted by a good Samaritan” who took video while he and other commuters yelled at the attacker to stop, Harrison said.
After police circulated the video through the media, tips from the public helped lead to Reyes' arrest, he said.
They say the 25-year-old victim had minor injuries and refused medical attention.
-Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.
 
 
 


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