The Brooklyn man who appears to be the one on camera sneaking into a woman's apartment building in the East Village and allegedly attempting to rape her before fleeing the scene was arrested, according to the New York Post and Daily News. He'd been sought by police based on video evidence showing him entering the building, as previoulsy reported by IBTimes.
The suspect, Imre Meszesan, 35, has been charged with attempted rape and burglary in the alleged attack that took place on Nov. 12 around 1 a.m. Meszesan said that the perp snuck into the apartment building behind her and lifted up her skirt as she was walking up the stairs. The victim fought back valliantly and was able to fight the man off, causing him to flee the scene.
Foricible rape reports had been declining since 2002 before a small spike in incidents last year, according to Disaster Center, a statistics website that pulls data state reports. Between January and June of 2011, there have been 548 forcible rape crimes reported, according to a New York State Crime Report.