INWOOD, Manhattan -- Augustina Alvarado is relieved knowing that career criminal Yenson Reyes is now in police custody nearly a month after he allegedly broke into her Inwood apartment and tried to sexually assault her teen daughter at knifepoint.
The attack happened in the middle of the night on Oct. 6, at the family's 212th Street apartment.
Police say that when Reyes, 35, allegedly grabbed the 17-year-old girl, her mother fought back, pushing Reyes away from her daughter. The suspect then fled out the fire escape -- leaving them in fear.
"I have lived here for 15 years," Alvarado told PIX11 News. "I was always relaxed. But, now -- oh my god."
Reyes' arrest on Monday comes after a marathon day of violence on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. when he allegedly robbed a cab driver at gunpoint near his Seaman Avenue apartment.
Later that day, Reyes allegedly robbed another cab driver, this time at knifepoint with several witnesses looking on.
"The cab pulled up and called the cops saying the guy tried to stab me," recalled Ben Livingston, who witnessed the robbery. " He had a knife and then ran away into nearby buildings."
Police say Reyes later entered a 26-year-old woman's 213th Street apartment, directly behind Alvarado's, and waited for the woman to return home when he allegedly sexually assaulted her while armed with a screw driver.
Reyes then stole her iPad, phone and cash before leaving, police say.
But, in an odd twist, Reyes returned to the same building.
Police say they received reports of a window shattering at 11 a.m. Monday morning.
While investigating, Reyes walked right out the front door, past detectives and PIX11 cameras that caught him on camera. PIX11 handed that video over to police and a short time later and Reyes was arrested.
At Reyes' Seaman Avenue apartment, many said he has been a menace to the community for months, including his 80-year old neighbor Eddie Rodriguez.
"He was trying to steal my phone once," recalled Rodriguez.
Another man, who would only identify himself as "Hockey" said he is amazed Reyes has been in and out of jail so many times.
Reyes was arrested over two dozen times both in New York and in Florida. Each time, someone paid his bail, according to a source.
Reyes is awaiting arraignment on a number of charges including sexual assault.AlertMe