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Police Arrest High School Student in 2015 Sex Attack in the Bronx

A 20-year-old high school student was arrested and charged Tuesday, nearly two years after police say he tried to rape a store clerk in the South Bronx. Ray Villeda reports. 

(Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017)

A 20-year-old high school student was arrested and charged Tuesday, nearly two years after police say he tried to rape a store clerk in the South Bronx.

Oumar Fofana, of the Bronx, was charged with attempted rape and sex abuse in a case that stretches back to August 2015. Police said they were able to link him to the crime through DNA evidence.

"Don't be like me," 20-year-old Oumar Fofana told reporters as he was taken to a police car. (Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017)

Police say that Fofana is the man who walked into a clothing store near East 157th Street and Third Avenue and browsed through merchandise before trying to rape a 41-year-old woman working there in a back room.

The woman was able to fend off her attacker, police said.

Fofana was arrested at his high school on Tuesday. Sources say he's a senior at the school, meaning he allegedly committed the crime in his earlier years, possibly when he was a sophomore.

As he was being escorted out of the 40th Precinct station house on Tuesday evening, Fofana was asked about the charges against him by a News 4 New York reporter. He responded: “It’s not cool.”

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The News 4 reporter asked him if he committed the crime he’s been charged with, to which he responded: “Yeah. Don’t be like me.”

Fofana has a criminal record that includes grand larceny and criminal mischief.

It wasn’t immediately known if Fofana had an attorney who could comment on the charges.