The man who was caught on camera trying to rape a woman on a subway platform in New York City has been arrested and charged with attempted rape, harassment, and assault.
Jose Reyes was taken into custody after authorities used the facial recognition program, which matched a photo of Reyes to a previous mugshot he took this year from another arrest.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said during a press conference that three tips reported to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline helped find the sex offender.
The terrifying incident happened at the Q train subway station at Lexington Avenue and East 63 Street.
The 25-year-old woman, who was left with minor injuries, said she was waiting for the train when the attacker approached her.
“The individual then climbed on top of the female and attempted to rape her, but he stopped when a crowd of bystanders formed,” New York Police said.
Videos taken by witnesses show the man on top of the frightened woman on the ground. She was heard screaming in terror as people shouted and yelled at Reyes to get off her.
In a video released by police, Reyes got off her and simply shrugged as if everything was okay. He then picked up his sunglasses and walked away.
Authorities have linked the rise in crime to the pandemic, protests, civil unrest, and a surge in employment.
According to police data, there was a 166 percent increase in the number of shooting incidents and 162 percent increase in the number of victims during a 4-week period compared to the same period last year.
In July, New York City announced it will slash the budget for police by $1 billion.
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