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Sep 1 2020

Bronx man charged with attempted rape of nurse on coronavirus frontline

A Bronx man was accused of attacking and trying to rape a nurse inside her apartment building in Harlem, New York City. He was charged with attempted rape, burglary and robbery during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Jason Roberts, 35, allegedly followed the nurse into a West 149th Street building as she returned home to her second-floor apartment after finishing a work shift. An NYPD spokesperson said the 32-year-old nurse had come to the city to help in the fight against COVID-19.

According to court documents, Roberts allegedly tried to pull down the woman’s pants and underwear. Police said when she fought back, he punched her in the face so hard that she was thrown against a wall.

Roberts attempted to flee the building with the nurse’s iPhone, which she dropped during the alleged attack. The woman had bruises but did not wish to receive medical treatment at the scene.

Police used the Find My iPhone app to track Roberts to his apartment. They also obtained surveillance video of him entering and leaving the Harlem building.

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