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Officers arrested a man allegedly behind an assault and attempted rape on a subway platform Saturday at 11 a.m. Detective Unit Director Rodney Harrison announced the arrest of the subject Sunday afternoon, the man who police says he was behind the “spontaneous attack” NYPD is crediting the work of a Good Samaritan who recorded the incident and three others for calling Crime Stoppers
NEW YORK – Police released disturbing video of an attempted rape that they say occurred in broad daylight on a Manhattan subway platform.
The attack occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lexington Av-63 Street subway station on the Q line, according to the NYPD.
Police allege that José Reyes grabbed the victim from behind while waiting for the train, then threw her to the ground and climbed on top of her and tried to spread her legs.
“This heinous and horrendous act was interrupted by a Good Samaritan who observed him and succeeded in stopping his behavior while subsequently videotaping the incident,” Harrison said.
Investigators say it was the act of recording the suspect’s assault that led him to flee the platform. Police credit the Good Samaritan’s help, as well as three Crime Stoppers pieces of information that were “very instrumental in stopping our individual.”
Harrison said the video of the alleged rape attempt was turned over to the department’s facial recognition team, which compared the suspect’s image to a previous crime.
Image of the subject wanted by the NYPD. Courtesy: Crime Stoppers
Investigators previously said Reyes escaped after a crowd of passersby noticed what was happening and confronted him. Police say the victim suffered minor injuries.
“This is disturbing and embarrassing. No one should have to suffer this kind of horrible attack on the transit system,” said MTA spokeswoman Abbey Collins. “The MTA is working closely with the NYPD to find the suspect and hold him to the fullest extent of the law.”