By Daniel Katzive
A woman was the victim of an attempted rape Tuesday at around 5:15pm in Riverside Park near West 87th Street. Members of the public witnessed the attack and called 911, resulting in the arrest of a suspect.
Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi, commanding officer of the 24th Precinct, spoke about the incident at the precinct’s monthly Community Council meeting and praised passersby who came to the victim’s aid. The attack occurred near the Soldiers and Sailors monument on Riverside Drive, not long after sunset.
An NYPD public information officer provided additional details, confirming that a 25-year old suspect was arrested near the scene with help from witnesses. The suspect, Christopher Cedeno, was identified by the police as a resident of 330 West 95th Street, a supportive housing facility for formerly homeless veterans.
Inspector Yaguchi indicated the suspect is known to police and had been arrested before.
Cedeno was charged with attempted rape and sexual abuse according to court records. Bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash but was not posted. Department of Corrections records show the suspect is currently being held on Rikers Island pending his next court appearance on November 21.