Man arrested in attempted rape of upstate nurse volunteering in NYC: police

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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 — Police have arrested a man they believe tried to rape an upstate nurse who is in New York City volunteering in the fight against the coronavirus, the NYPD said.

According to authorities, cops arrested 35-year-old Jason Roberts, of the Bronx, in downtown Manhattan on Monday around 9:20 p.m.

Police said Roberts will now face charges including attempted rape, robbery and burglary.

According to the NYPD, the 32-year-old woman, who came to the city from upstate New York, was followed by the assailant into her temporary apartment building on 149th Street in Hamilton Heights around 9 p.m. Friday.

After following her inside the man punched the nurse in the face and tried to pull off her pants, police said. She was able to fight him off and he then fled with her phone.

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

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