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Suspect Mario Pope is charged with attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn

Suspect, 25, is arrested for ‘attempting to rape an 85-year-old woman in her Brooklyn laundry room before the neighbor came in and stopped him’

  • Mario Pope, 25, was arrested Thursday night in the attack on Bay Ridge
  • Police say he tried to rape an 85-year-old woman in her washroom
  • The neighbor intervened to stop the attack and the woman was taken to hospital
  • Pope was released without bail after an April arrest for intimidation and assault

A man has been arrested and charged with attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman in the laundry room of her Brooklyn apartment building.

Mario Pope, 25, was arrested at around 9:30 a.m. in an apartment building on Ridge Boulevard near Bay Ridge just hours after the attempted rape.

Police say Pope did not live in the building, which has a buzzer system, and may have been accessed through a side door that was unlocked.

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the washroom and saw the rapist expose himself and assault the woman. The neighbor intervened to stop the attack.

A suspect, identified by police as Mario Pope, is seen fleeing through the lobby of a Bay Ridge apartment building following an attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman on Thursday.

A suspect, identified by police as Mario Pope, is seen fleeing through the lobby of a Bay Ridge apartment building following an attempted rape of an 85-year-old woman on Thursday.

Pope, 25, was arrested several hours after the rape attempted at around 9:30 a.m. in an apartment building (upstairs) on Ridge Boulevard near Bay Ridge

Pope, 25, was arrested several hours after the rape attempted at around 9:30 a.m. in an apartment building (upstairs) on Ridge Boulevard near Bay Ridge

Pope, 25, was arrested several hours after the rape attempted at around 9:30 a.m. in an apartment building (upstairs) on Ridge Boulevard near Bay Ridge

Police are investigating a side door in the building, which may have been used by the attacker to access the washroom

Police are investigating a side door in the building, which may have been used by the attacker to access the washroom

Police are investigating a side door in the building, which may have been used by the attacker to access the washroom

Police found a video of the attacker fleeing through the building’s lobby, leading to the Pope’s arrest.

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked by the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood of south Brooklyn.

“That’s the most cowardly act I can imagine,” said neighbor Peggy McEvoy WCBS TV. “An elderly defenseless woman, it’s just tragic.”

Pope is charged with attempted rape, burglary, sexual abuse, violent touching and unlawful incarceration.

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the washroom and saw the rapist expose himself and assault the woman

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the washroom and saw the rapist expose himself and assault the woman

The attack was thwarted when a neighbor walked into the washroom and saw the rapist expose himself and assault the woman

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked by the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood of south Brooklyn. The building where the attack took place can be seen above

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked by the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood of south Brooklyn. The building where the attack took place can be seen above

Residents of Bay Ridge were shocked by the attack in the normally quiet neighborhood of south Brooklyn. The building where the attack took place can be seen above

Court records show that Pope was released without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and harassment.

The victim of Thursday’s attack was rushed to a nearby hospital, where Councilman Justin Brennan said she is “doing well.”

Brennan called the attack “despicable” in a statement on Facebook.

While violent crime has risen sharply in New York City overall this year, reported rapes are 26 percent lower this year than in 2019.

Court records show that Pope was released without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and harassment. Above, agents are gathering at the site of Thursday's attack

Court records show that Pope was released without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and harassment. Above, agents are gathering at the site of Thursday's attack

Court records show that Pope was released without bail in April after being arrested on charges of assault and harassment. Above, agents are gathering at the site of Thursday’s attack

Supervisors and detectives meet outside building where a man tried to rape an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn on Thursday

Supervisors and detectives meet outside building where a man tried to rape an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn on Thursday

Supervisors and detectives meet outside building where a man tried to rape an 85-year-old woman in Brooklyn on Thursday

New York police say rape is still underreported and encourage sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division

New York police say rape is still underreported and encourage sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division

New York police say rape is still underreported and encourage sex crime victims to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division

Police say rape is still underreported and are encouraging victims of sex crimes to contact the NYPD Special Victims Division.

So far, homicides across the city this year are up 40 percent from the same time last year, and shooting incidents by 91 percent.

Pope is currently being held in the 68th district and is expected to be transferred to the central booking later on Friday.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

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