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Brooklyn man arrested in rape, assault of 64-year-old Harlem woman: police

Woman, 64, in coma after rape, assault by man who got away on Citibike
Posted at 8:40 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 20:40:26-04

HARLEM, Manhattan — A 38-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with the rape and assault of a 64-year-old Harlem woman Saturday.

The woman remained in a medically-induced coma Thursday after what was described as a savage rape and assault in East Harlem late Monday by a man who paused to wash his hands and then used a Citibike to get away.

Police took Frankie Harris into custody Saturday. He's been charged with attempted murder, rape, strangulation and sex abuse.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison asked for the public’s help in solving the case, which happened outside 301 East 111 Street in Manhattan, during an interview with PIX11 News.

“Our victim is a local person; she’s well respected in the community,” Harrison said, adding that police couldn’t talk to the woman, because she’s still unconscious.

The NYPD released surveillance video showing the suspect coming up behind the woman “and he throws her in a head lock,” Chief Harrison said.

The victim was flung to the ground before the sexual assault.

“He’s got like a white scarf on top of his head,” the Chief noted of the suspect, “along with a dark jacket and dark jeans.”

The Chief talked about the suspect’s callous behavior after the attack ended.

“He put some palm oil soap on his hands and washed his hands down and then jumped on his bike like nothing happened, pedaling east on 111 Street.”

A $10,000 reward had been offered for information on the suspect.

PIX11 News' Mary Murphy and the PIX11 Web Team contributed to this story.