Man Accused of Dragging Woman onto Subway Tracks, Sexually Assaulting Her

The suspect fled after an MTA worker showed up.

Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 12:54 PM EDT
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 Woman Sexually Assaulted on Subway Tracks

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Police have arrested a man they say grabbed a woman on a subway escalator, dragged her to the platform and sexually assaulted her on the tracks.

Michael Torres, 29, of Manhattan was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly assaulting a woman at the J train stop at Delancey Street early that morning.

Police say he grabbed the 36-year-old woman as she rode the escalator just after 1 a.m. She said Torres grabbed her around the neck, covered her mouth, and told her not to scream. He was armed with a screwdriver.

Torres then dragged her to the end of the platform, threw her on the tracks, and assaulted her. He then dragged her to another part of the tracks where he sexually assaulted her and tried to rape her.

The victim screamed for help after hearing a track worker, and the suspect fled.

Torres was captured on surveillance video fleeing the station, and additional cameras were able to track him to a men's shelter on the Bowery.

He is charged with assault, attempted rape, reckless endangerment, criminal sex act and criminal possession of a weapon.

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