A man is facing a rape charge after police said he tried to drag a woman into bushes in an atttempt to sexually attack her as she walked home from a Westchester Metro-North station on a dark sidewalk last week.
Carlos Paute, 23, of White Plains was arrested Wednesday after authorities identified the construction worker as the suspect in the attack near the White Plains station at about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.
That's when authorities said a man on a bicycle came up on the woman as she walked down Water Street and tried to drag her into bushes.The woman was able to fight the man off, according to police, and the suspect rode off. She wasn’t seriously hurt.
The attack had many riders on edge as they left the busy station on Tuesday night.
“It’s scary,” said Patricia Reid. “I often come home late at night.”
Authorities noted that while most of the street is typically well-lit, the spot where the woman was attacked is darker than other stretches. They’re telling riders to take extra precautions when walking home at night.
Angela Quo, a White Plains commuter, said she’s going to take that advice to heart.
“I should remove my headphones when I get off the train,” she said.
Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available.