Posted on August 31, 2020

NYPD Arrests Man for Attempted Daytime Rape on NYC Subway Platform

Larry Celona, et al., New York Post, August 30, 2020

A Bronx man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to rape a woman on an Upper East Side subway platform in a disturbing daytime attack that was filmed and ultimately thwarted by fellow New Yorkers, police said.

Jose Reyes, 31, is accused of pouncing on the 25-year-old woman around 11 a.m. Saturday inside the Lexington Avenue and East 63 Street F train station.


The woman was riding the F train home from work when she encountered Reyes, who was “smoking some type of hookah and started making weird noises and laughing to himself,” {snip}

She and the deranged man got off at the station, where he began gesturing “in a masturbation motion toward her” as she tried to move away, according to the top detective.

“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,” {snip}

Video taken by the witness showed a man — identified by cops as Reyes — thrusting his body on top of the woman as horrified bystanders looked on.

“Hey, get off her!” people yelled, according to cops.

The creep took off after grabbing his sunglasses off the floor and mouthing inaudible words at the crowd, video shows.

Filming the attack and screaming at the sicko “was helpful in scaring him away,” {snip}

The woman suffered minor injuries, but refused medical attention, police said.

Police on Sunday released the video in an attempt to identify the would-be rapist.

The NYPD’s facial recognition team allegedly matched the clip to a mugshot of Reyes from a criminal mischief arrest earlier this year.

Three tips to the Crimestoppers hotline led patrol officers with the 23rd Precinct to Lexington Avenue and 105th Street in East Harlem, where Reyes was nabbed around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.


Police said Reyes didn’t know his victim and that he confessed to the attempted rape.