Nurse volunteering in NY fights off attempted rapist, police say

Hamilton Heights Attempted Rape Suspect

Police have asked for help identifying this man in connection with an attempted rape.

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HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan— Update: Police say they’ve arrested a 35-year-old Bronx man in the attempted rape of an upstate volunteer nurse.

Original story:

A nurse in New York City volunteering in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak fought off an attempted rapist inside a Hamilton Heights apartment building , an NYPD spokesman said Sunday.

The 32-year-old woman, who came to New York City from upstate New York, where the outbreak is less severe, was followed into her apartment building on 149th Street around 9 p.m. Friday by the assailant, officials said.

He punched the nurse in the face and tried to pull off her pants, police said. The man fled with her phone after she fought him off.

The nurse was bruised in the attack, but she refused medical attention at the scene.

Police have asked for help identifying the man, who fled the building in an unknown direction.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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