Police say they’ve caught the alleged subway creep who sexually assaulted a woman on board a train in the Financial District earlier this month.
Chris Tapia, 23, of New Street on Staten Island was picked up on Nov. 24 a week after the alleged rape attempt, law enforcement sources said.
A 24-year-old woman was on a northbound 4 train at 11:25 p.m. on Nov. 17 when an unknown man, later identified as Tapia, sat next to her. The man proceeded to pull down his pants and underwear and forcibly laid on top of the woman.
The suspect then touched the victim’s body and tried to pull down the victim’s skirt, but was unsuccessful. The victim was able to flee to another train car.
The suspect got off the train at the Bowling Green subway station and then boarded a ferry to Staten Island.
The NYPD released photos of the suspect late Wednesday night. Hours later, police announced that they had arrested Tapia as part of their investigation, charging him with attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching and public lewdness.
With reporting by Robert Pozarycki