QUEENS — Two NYPD officers tackled a 23-year-old man as he attacked a woman in Woodside early Tuesday while they were in the area investigating of a separate sexual assault earlier that night, police said.
A 30-year-old woman was walking home from the 65th Street subway station at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 20 when a man approached her from behind on 69th Street, according to the NYPD.
The man grabbed her neck, covered her mouth and told her not to scream.
She started to yell and struggle and he threw her to the ground, sexually assaulted her and bit her on her thigh, police said.
The woman continued to scream, alerting local residents who yelled at the man, causing him to flee.
NYPD Sgt. Christopher Miro and Detective Everett Newman from the Special Victims Division's Night Watch interviewed the woman before she was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Miro and Newman had returned to the scene to search for video and possible witnesses when they saw another woman walking along 69th Street with a man following her.
They drove along the street and saw the man follow the woman as she tried to cross the road, grab her by her waist and throw her to the ground, while simultaneously sexually assaulting her.
Miro and Newman jumped out of their car and grabbed the man, who punched the officers and tried to pull away, police said.
The suspect, H. Flores-Guerra Luis, 23, was charged with assault on a police officer, sexual abuse, forcible touching and attempted rape, police said.
Police continue to investigate if there is a link between the two attacks.
Luis, who lives on 72nd Street in Maspeth, has not been charged in the first incident, officials said.