A homeless parolee who served five years in prison for attempted rape has been arrested for choking a stranger unconscious on an upper Manhattan subway train and trying to rape her, police said Tuesday.
Sinke Zewge, 39, was nabbed on Monday for the sick Aug. 3 attack on a C train in Washington Heights, officials said.
The 40-year-old woman was riding the train when Zewge grabbed her and demanded her belongings, cops said.
Zewge allegedly slammed the woman into the train seats and choked her until she passed out. He then molested and tried to rape the unconscious woman as the train reached its last stop, cops said.
When the doors opened at the 168th St.-Broadway station, he dragged the unconscious woman onto the platform and ran off.
EMS were called and evaluated the woman at the scene but she did not suffer any serious physical injuries.
Cops released surveillance images of the suspect and asked the public’s help identifying him.
Thanks again to the Fugitive Enforcement Team for locating this level 2 sex offender parolee wanted by the Transit Special Victims Squad for an attempted rape back in August. Relentless investigation together keeping our subways 🚊 safe @NYPDTransit pic.twitter.com/QYPis2GGXS
— NYPD Special Victims (@NYPDSVU) September 28, 2021
Cops charged Zewge with attempted rape, robbery, assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing. His arraignment was pending in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday.
In 2011, Zewge was convicted of attempted rape and robbery in Manhattan. He served five years in prison before being paroled in 2016. He’s on parole until June 2022, according to court records.
“Thanks again to the Fugitive Enforcement Team for locating this level 2 sex offender parolee,” the NYPD Special Victims Unit tweeted late Monday. “Relentless investigation together keeping our subways safe @NYPDTransit.”
[via New York Daily News]