RANDALL MANOR, Staten Island – An alleged attempted rapist who attacked three women and a 14-year-old girl in the span of an hour in Staten Island has been arrested, police said Wednesday.
Taylor Hawkins, 27, was taken into custody and is charged with 3 counts of attempted rape, 4 counts of assault, robbery, attempted robbery, 2 counts of strangulation, 2 counts of a criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, and forcible touching.
He’s been linked to at least four attacks on Tuesday morning, including one assault in which he told a woman at a bus stop “I’m going to rape you,” then put his hands in her pants and grabbed her buttocks, police said.
The victims range in age from 14 to 64.
His first attack happened at 5:42 a.m. Tuesday near 103 St. Paul's Ave., where he grabbed a 50-year-old woman by theneck, dragged her to the ground and shoved his hands into her pants, police said. The victim screamed the culprit ran away.
She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Then at 6:20 a.m. he slapped a 64-year-old woman in the face just as she stepped off an MTA bus at Henderson and Westbury avenues. She suffered minor swelling to her face.
Eight minutes after that, he attacked a 42-year-old woman waiting at a bus stop on Castelton Avenue near Hunter Place. He groped, grabbed, punched and threatened to rape her, police said.
Then he targeted a 14-year-old girl who was waiting at a bus stop near Castleton and Havenwood avenues. In that case, he snuck up on the teen, pushed her to the ground then he tried forced her to perform a criminal sex act, police said.
During the struggle, the girl bit her attacker and he fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV (pictured below).
She was taken to the hospital with bruising to her face, scrapes on her knees and redness on her neck, police said.