Man who tried to sexually assault woman on moving NYC subway train arrested

A Staten Island man who allegedly took off his pants and tried to rape a woman on a moving subway train last week was arrested by authorities Thursday.

Chris Tapia, 23, was taken into custody on charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse for allegedly attacking a 24-year-old straphanger on a northbound No. 4 train in lower Manhattan, police said.

Tapia allegedly sat next to the victim on the train and took off his pants and underwear just before 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, police said.


He then allegedly got on top of the woman and tried to take her skirt off as he put his hands on her body, the NYPD said.


The victim was able to flee to another train car and Tapia allegedly scurried off at the Bowling Green station in Lower Manhattan and got on a ferry to Staten Island, cops said.

Tapia is also facing forcible touching and public lewdness charges, the NYPD reported.