Volume 20, Number 49 | THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | APRIL 19 - 26, 2008
Attempted rape in Soho
A man who followed a Soho woman to her apartment near the corner of Spring and Sullivan Sts. at about 5:30 a.m. Sun., April 13 pushed his way into the apartment, forced the victim, 25, onto her bed and began choking her, police said. The suspect told the woman he was going to rape her but he fled when her screams roused a neighbor who came to the apartment, police said.
Police issued a surveillance camera image and are asking anyone with information to phone 800-577-TIPS (8477).
Sex abuse arrest
Royal Walton, 42, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Sat., April 12 when the victim of an April 2 sex abuse attack spotted her assailant at the corner of Williams and Fulton Sts., and called police.
Walton is charged with grabbing the victim, 19, a Pace College student, from behind while she was walking at the southeast corner of Fulton and Williams Sts at 11:30 p.m. Wed. April 2 and forcibly touching her sexually, according to a spokesperson for District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. The defendant fled before police arrived but was at the same corner 10 days later when the victim spotted him and called police, according to prosecutors.
Walton was charged with two counts of sexual abuse and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.