Police have arrested the NYC man who was caught on camera attempting to rape a 25-year-old woman on an Upper East Side subway platform.
Detectives with the 23rd Precinct took Jose Reyes, a Bronx resident, into custody on charges of attempted rape, assault, and harassment
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said during a press conference that police used the NYPD's facial recognition to identify Reyes.
According to Harrison, the program matched an image of Reyes' face to a previous mugshot from an earlier criminal arrest.
Harrison also said that three tips to the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline helped locate Reyes.
At the time of the incident, the woman was waiting for her train when Reyes shoved her to the ground.
He attempted to rape her in broad daylight.
Thankfully, a crowd of bystanders confronted the man and rescued the woman.
Witnesses, however, did not intervene at first. The video of the incident shows one man standing nearby, just staring in the direction of the suspect and victim.
After the crowd confronted him, he got off her and shrugged as if he'd done nothing wrong.
He then picked up his sunglasses off the ground and walked away.
New York Police said:
"The individual then climbed on top of the female and attempted to rape her. He stopped when a crowd of bystanders formed."
Police also said the victim suffered minor injuries.
Abbey Collins, a spokesperson for the MTA, said of the incident:
"This is disturbing and disgraceful."
"No one should ever have to experience this type of horrific attack in the transit system."
"The MTA is working with the NYPD to find the suspect and hold him accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Police later arrested Reyes.
At the time of the arrest, he had narcotics in his possession. Harrison alleges that drugs may have contributed to the attack.
Harrison also said Reyes didn't know his victim and that he confessed to the attempted rape.
The chief applauded the tipsters as being 'very instrumental in apprehending' the suspect.
"If there are any messages going... we need the community's help, we need the people's help."
"In order for us to be successful, in order for us to stop the violence, we have to work together."
Reyes has at least 14 previous arrests on his record, including three on the subway system.
However, none were sexual in nature, cops said.