Homeless man arrested after alleged attempted rape near Columbia University

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A homeless man has been arrested in connection with the attempted rape of a 27-year-old woman near Columbia University, police said.

Allen Taylor, 27, was taken into custody Friday. He’s accused of trailing the woman, who is affiliated with the Ivy League University, then attacking her in the vestibule of her apartment building.

Standing a towering 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 270 pounds, Taylor allegedly followed the woman into her building along 113th Street near Columbia University about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

He allegedly fondled her, knocked her to the ground in the lobby of the building and tried to rip off her bra before running away, police said.

Police released video of the attacker Thursday and identified Taylor as the suspect, calling for the public’s help to track him down. A $2,000 reward was posted for information that lead to an arrest and indictment.

Details about how Taylor was finally apprehended were not immediately available.

The transient faces one charge each of first-degree attempted rape, second-degree burglary, and sexual abuse, NYPD said.

The attack happened hours after Columbia University marked a national day of action against sexual assault on college campuses.

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