Update: This arrest relates to an attempted rape that occured on July 20, just after midnight, on West 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway, police told the Rag on Saturday morning.
“There is no arrest on file for [the 82nd Street] incident,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “This remains an active investigation.”
The man arrested for the 69th Street attack is 20-year-old Estarling Cabal Martinez from Brooklyn. He is charged with attempted rape and sexual abuse.
Martinez allegedly grabbed a 33-year-old woman from behind and “dragged her into a secluded area, out of view of the street, [where] he molested and attempted to rape her,” police said.
The Daily News reported that “Martinez was with a lawyer when he surrendered in Brooklyn on Thursday night.”
Meanwhile, police continue to search for the 82nd Street assailant, who allegedly pushed a 23-year-old woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her. This was posted on the corner of 82nd and Central Park West this week.
Previous Report: Police have arrested a man they said committed sexual assaults on the Upper West Side and elsewhere in the city, according to Deputy Inspector Neil Zuber, commander of the 20th precinct. The assaults included one on Central Park West near 82nd Street on Saturday, July 16 where the assailant allegedly pushed a 23-year-old woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
Zuber wrote that “video surveillance played a pivotal role in both connecting the crimes in different parts of the city to a single perpetrator and positively identifying him for arrest. The Special Victims investigators did a fantastic job bringing this matter to a swift close, thanks in no small part to the public’s concern and attentiveness.”
This is a breaking story. We will update it when we get more information.