Suspect Arrested in Brutal Chokehold Sex Assault, Robbery: NYPD

The victim was punched unconscious when she tried to fight back, police said

Police say they've arrested a 25-year-old man in a brutal chokehold sex assault and robbery in the East Village last month. 

Frankie Simmons of Hamilton Heights was arrested on robbery, sexually motivated assault and strangulation charges, police said Monday. 

Police said a 30-year-old woman was walking in the area of East 18th Street and First Avenue at around 2:15 a.m. Saturday, May 29, when a man came up from behind her, put her in a chokehold and dragged her to the floor. 

When the woman tried to fight back, the man punched her in the face several times, and she was knocked unconscious, police said. When the victim came to, she realized her cellphone was missing and her underwear had been lowered. 

EMS transported the victim to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment and evaluation. 

Attorney information for Simmons was not immediately clear.

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