104th Pct.: Attempted Rape Arrest

Two suspects wanted in connection with an attempted rape have been arrested and charged.

At approximately 2:50 a.m. on July 16, an 18-year-old female was walking in the vicinity of Putnam Avenue and Seneca Avenue, when she was approached from behind by the two suspects. The first suspect punched the victim on her head, while the second suspect choked her, covered her mouth with his hand and attempted to remove her pocketbook, but the victim held on. The first suspect began to sexually assault the victim when a passerby approached, causing both suspects to flee the location. The victim was removed to Woodhull Hospital where she was treated and released.

The first suspect, Franclin Velazquez, 21, of Brooklyn, has been charged with attempted rape 1 and sexual abuse. The second suspect, Jorge Maldonado, 28, of Bronx, has been charged with attempted rape 1, assault and sexual abuse.