A 64-year-old woman was left in a coma after she was brutally attacked by a man who choked her unconscious and raped her.
Frankie Harris, 38, was arrested over the weekend for the vicious attack that was caught on camera in East Harlem, New York on May 18. He was caught shortly after New York City police released a photo of the suspect and surveillance footage from the attack.
Video allegedly shows Harris choking the woman from behind, wrestling her to the ground, and sexually assaulting her just steps away from her home near 111th Street and 2nd Avenue. Harris then washed his hands and left the scene on a bicycle, leaving the woman facedown in a pool of her own blood and feces, police said, according to The New York Daily News.
The woman was taken to the hospital after the attack and put into a medically induced coma. She has not yet spoken to the police.
WANTED for ASSAULT: On 5/18, at 11:28 PM, in front of 301 E. 111 St., the suspect approached a 64 yr old female, placed her in a choke hold, & knocked her to the ground. He then exposed himself before fleeing on a Citi-bike. Have any info? Call or DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/a2R9KU50LI— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 21, 2020.
Police said they believe Harris is mentally disabled and uses K2 – a synthetic drug made to resemble marijuana which can have unpredictable effects on users. Authorities say Harris’s K2 habit is the reason he was in East Harlem at the time of the attack. Once he was taken into police custody, Harris reportedly told officers, ‘Yeah, I did it. It was consensual.”
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The victim’s son has since spoken out about his outrage following the attack and said he hopes Harris gets the maximum punishment for the heinous crime. ‘I hope he rots in prison. I’m going to make sure,’ Kristian Delgado, 37, told The Daily News, adding that his mother was mentally disabled.
‘She was loved by everyone. She had a few issues, psychiatric issues, but everybody who knew her loved her,’ he continued. Harris is charged with attempted murder, rape, strangulation and sex abuse in connection with the attack.
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