New York police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly trying to do so rape a woman last week on a moving subway train in Manhattan.
Chris Tapia, 23, of Staten Island, is charged with attempted rape, sexual abuseforced touching and public fornication.
According to the police, a 24-year-old woman was on the road northbound ‘4’ train on November 17 when an unknown person sat next to her.
The person touched the woman and tried to pull her skirt down, the police said. The woman tried to escape to another train carriage to safety, the police said.
The suspect exited at the Bowling Green subway station and boarded a ferry to Staten Island.
It was not immediately clear whether Tapia had retained an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.
The alleged sexual assault comes amid a general increase in violence on New York’s subways. Earlier this week, a woman and a Good Samaritan was injured in an L train pulling into the 14th Street Union Square station in Manhattan in an unprovoked attack.