Man arrested in New Year’s Day rape attempt in Williamsburg: police

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — A man has been arrested in the attempted rape of a woman in Williamsburg in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

Manuel Almonte, 30, of South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, is charged with attempted rape, burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching, assault, harassment.

The attack happened around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, in the area of South 2nd and Havemeyer streets.

The attacker approached a 26-year-old woman on the first floor landing inside a residential apartment building and proceeded to punch her in the back of her head, got on top of her, and attempted to pull down her undergarments, police said.

The victim resisted, and the man fled down South 2nd Street toward Marcy Avenue.

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