New York City police arrested a man Thursday for allegedly attempting to rape a woman last week on a moving subway train in Manhattan.
Chris Tapia, 23, of Staten Island, is charged with attempted rape, sexual assault, forcible touching and public lewdness.
Police said a 24-year-old woman was on a northbound ‘4’ train on November 17 when an unknown individual sat next to her.
The individual groped the woman and tried to pull her skirt down, police said. The woman tried to flee to another train car to safety, police said.
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The suspect got off the train at the Bowling Green subway station and boarded a ferry to Staten Island.
It was not immediately clear if Tapia had retained an attorney who could 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.
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The alleged sexual assault comes amid a general increase in violence on the New York City subways. Earlier this week, a woman and a Good Samaritan were injured on an L train entering the 14th Street Union Square station in Manhattan in an unprovoked attack.