Suspect arrested for trying to rape woman at Howard Beach subway station

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A Brooklyn man has been arrested for the attempted rape of a woman at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport subway station after he allegedly stalked the victim during her commute.

The 42-year-old victim first encountered the suspect, Melvin Adams, 37, when she boarded the subway at the Beach 90th Street stop around 2 a.m. Thursday, said cops. He sat next to the woman and tried to chat with her, then followed her when she exited the train at the Broad Channel station.

Police said he continued to harass the victim as she waited for the northbound A train.

He allegedly tried to put his arm around her, ignoring the victim when she told him to stop.

Following her onto the A train, he asked her for money, but the victim told the suspect she didn’t have any.

When she got off at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport stop, the suspect followed the victim onto the platform, grabbed her, threw her against the wall, then attacked her.

Adams has been charged with attempted rape, robbery, a criminal sex act, sex abuse, forcible touching and harassment, according to police.



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