Man charged with attempted rape of 85-year-old woman in her Bay Ridge building

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Cops arrested a man who they say tried to rape an elderly woman in Bay Ridge on Thursday morning.

According to police, at 11:30 am on Oct. 15 the NYPD was notified about a sexual assault attempt at a residential building in the vicinity of Marine Avenue and 94th Street. Upon their arrival, officers learned that an 85-year-old woman had been the victim of a sexual assault in the laundry room of the building at 9:30 that morning.

EMS took the victim to NYU Langone Hospital in stable condition.

Surveillance footage of the suspect.

Following a subsequent investigation, officers arrested 25-year-old Mario Pope in connection to the incident. At this time it is not immediately clear what happened, however police allege that Pope, who does not live in the victim’s building, went into the building and down to the basement prior to the incident.

Pope was charged with attempted rape, burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching, and unlawful imprisonment.

Rape is up more than 27 percent year-to-date compared to 2019 in the 68th Precinct, where Thursday’s incident occurred, according to NYPD data.

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.