Sick suspect arrested for trying to rape woman in Manhattan subway station in front of shocked crowd
Cops on Sunday arrested a suspect they say knocked a woman off her feet in an Upper East Side subway station, then climbed on top of her and tried to rape her as a shocked crowd gathered and filmed the terrifying attack.
The 25-year-old victim first encountered suspect Jose Reyes about 11 a.m. Saturday while riding an F train.
“He appeared to be smoking some type of hookah and started making weird noises and laughing to himself,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said of the deranged suspect.
When the rattled woman got off the train at the Lexington Ave. and E. 63rd St. stop, the sicko followed her.
“Mr. Reyes gestured in a masturbation motion towards her, and the [victim], in an attempt to avoid him, moved in a different direction,” Harrison said. “Mr Reyes follows her, which resulted in him assaulting her, punching her, pushing her to the ground, climbing on top of her and attempting to spread her legs.”
He thrust his body back and forth on top of her while the crowd watched in horror, the video shows.
A good Samaritan intervened and started recording with a cellphone. Cops released that video early Sunday and asked the public’s help identifying the would-be rapist.
“This heinous and horrendous act was interrupted by a good Samaritan who observed Mr. Reyes’ behavior and got him to cease his behavior while subsequently videotaping the incident,” Harrison said.