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Woman Followed From Brooklyn to Manhattan Fights Off Sex Attack at Herald Square, Gets Bitten: Cops

Police arrested a man who allegedly followed a woman on a subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan, then grabbed her on a Herald Square escalator, tried to rape her and bit her on the chest when she fought back, authorities say.

Jaquan Whittle, 25, of Brooklyn, is charged with attempted rape, assault, forcible touching and harassment, police said. 

Officials say the 23-year-old victim realized the Whittle was following her at the Prospect Park subway station during Monday's evening rush. He slapped her buttocks as she entered the turnstiles, then they both boarded an uptown Q train, according to the police report. 

Both Whittle and the victim got off at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, where he followed the woman down the escalator, cops said. Police say he grabbed her arms and, after a brief struggle, bit the woman on the chest before running off. 

The victim refused medical attention. It wasn't clear if Whittle had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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