An alleged New York rapist recently released from jail to help prevent spread of the coronavirus is accused of another sex crime, the New York Post reports.
Robert Pondexter, 57, was arrested early Saturday morning in Brooklyn in connection with an attack on a 58-year-old woman, who did not know him.
While crossing the street, Pondexter allegedly grabbed the woman by her collar, taking her to a school parking lot and forcing her to engage in oral sex, according to the report.
Pondexter then demanded that the victim remove her pants, but she was able to kick him and get away.
Officers responded to a 911 call and arrested Pondexter, who was found with a crackpipe.
The victim was subsequently hospitalized.
Pondexter was reportedly released 10 days earlier from Rikers Island, where he had been detained for allegedly raping a different woman. In that case, Pondexter is said to have known the victim and used drugs with her.
Authorities released Pondexter on April 15 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, sources told the newspaper.
Pondexter faces new charges of sexual assault and attempted rape in connection with the most recent attack.
More than 2,000 New York City inmates have been released because of the pandemic to improve social distancing, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In another incident, an inmate who was convicted of murder and released because of the coronavirus promptly found himself back in jail after allegedly robbing a bank.
The New Post hadpreviously reported that at least 50 inmates released because of the coronavirus are back in jail because of reoffending.
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