Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Woman in Her Kips Bay Home: Police

By Heather Holland on December 23, 2013 10:28am 

 Murphy Donnelle was arrested at the Bellevue Men's Shelter on Sunday after attempting to rape a woman, police said.
Murphy Donnelle was arrested at the Bellevue Men's Shelter on Sunday after attempting to rape a woman, police said.
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KIPS BAY — A man was arrested Sunday after forcing his way into a woman's apartment and trying to rape her, the NYPD said.

Murphy Donnelle, 29, targeted the victim after picking up her wallet, which she had left behind at a fast-food restaurant, sources said. The wallet contained an ID with the victim's address on it, and Donnelle turned up at her apartment on Lexington Avenue near 26th Street about 2 a.m. on Dec. 16, police said.

Donnelle then forced his way into her home and tried to rape her, but she was able to fight him off, and he fled, police said.

He was arrested on Sunday at Bellevue Men's Shelter, at 400 E. 30th St., and was charged with attempted rape, burglary, grand larceny, menacing and assault, according to police.

The woman was treated at Bellevue Hospital and released, a police spokesman said.

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