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Woman falls down stairs while fighting off attempted rapist in Manhattan apartment building

Posted at 4:49 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 21:43:24-05

HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A woman fell down a stairwell as she fought off a man when he tried to rape her in a Manhattan building on Saturday, police said.

The 40-year-old woman was headed up the stairs when a teen grabbed her from behind and attempted to sexually assault her, an NYPD spokesman said. She resisted and they both fell down the stairs.

The teen fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said. The woman was treated for injuries to her back and hand.

Police arrested the alleged 16-year-old attacker on Sunday. He was charged with attempted rape, sexually motivated assault and sexually motivated burglary.

His name has not been released.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo of the alleged attacker has been removed from this article because he is underage.