Man who attempted to sexually assault woman on NYC subway arrested

A Staten Island man who allegedly took off his pants and attempted to rape a woman on a moving subway train last week was arrested by authorities on Thursday.

Chris Tapia, 23, was taken into custody for attempted rape and sexual abuse for allegedly attacking a 24-year-old straphanger on a northbound No. 4 train in lower Manhattan, police said.

Tapia allegedly sat next to the victim on the train and removed his pants and underwear just before 11:30 p.m. on November 17, police said.

He then allegedly climbed on top of the woman and attempted to remove her skirt by putting his hands on her body, the NYPD said.

The victim was able to flee to another train car and Tapia reportedly rushed to the Bowling Green train station in Lower Manhattan and took a ferry to Staten Island, cops said.

Tapia also faces charges of forcible touching and public obscenity, the NYPD reported.


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