STATEN ISLAND — Police arrested the suspect wanted for driving around Staten Island in a black SUV and trying to rape at least four random females in the span of an hour, police said.
Taylor Hawkins, 27, of New Brighton, was arrested Tuesday night near the scene of the attacks. He was apprehended inside the vehicle investigators believe he used to flee each incident, an NYPD spokesman said.
He was charged with attempted rape, criminal sexual act, strangulation, sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, robbery and attempted robbery by police on Wednesday.
Hawkins tried to rape three women ranging in age from 14 to 64 years old in Tompkinsville, Randall Manor and West Brighton on Tuesday morning, police said.
The spree started at about 5:46 a.m., when Hawkins grabbed a 50-year-old woman around her neck, dragged her to the ground and attempted to rape her near the intersection of St. Paul's Avenue and Swan Street, authorities said.
He then drove to Henderson and Westbury avenues, where he slapped a 64-year-old woman in the face as she stepped off an MTA bus at 6:20 a.m., police said.
Eight minutes later, Hawkins approached a 42-year-old woman from behind at a bus stop at Hunter Place and Castleton Avenues and wrestled her to the ground, the NYPD said. A passerby yelled at him, and Hawkins punched the woman in the face before running off.
The last incident occurred at 6:45 a.m., when Hawkins sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at bus stop at Castleton and Havenwood avenues, police said. The girl fought him off and Hawkins fled in a black SUV.
The victims did not know Hawkins, the NYPD said.
All of the victims were taken to Richmond University Medical Center for treatment, police said.