Man arrested for attempting to molest woman on New York subway

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

Chris Tapia, 23, has been taken into custody on charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old straphanger on a northbound No. 4 train in Lower Manhattan, police said.

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

He then allegedly stepped on the woman and attempted to remove her skirt while placing his hands on her body, the NYPD said.

The victim was able to escape to another train car, and Tapia allegedly scurried away at the Bowling Green train station in lower Manhattan and boarded a ferry to Staten Island, police officers said.

Tapia also faces charges of violent touch and public indecency, the NYPD reported. Man arrested for attempting to molest woman on New York subway


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