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Attempted rapist attacked a woman on an NYC bridge two days after being released from prison

‘I don’t want to hurt you, I just want sex’: Chilling words of NY ‘attempted rapist’ as he choked and attacked woman on bridge in broad daylight TWO DAYS after he was released from prison for 2005 sex assault

  • Prosecutors say Howard Shaw, 38, approached a jogger on Wards Island Bridge on Thursday at around 7:30 am and dragged her toward a stairwell
  • As Shaw attacked the woman in her 50’s he allegedly told her: ‘I don’t want to hurt you, I just want sex’ as he tried to pull down her pants
  • The assault took place just two days after he was released from state prison where he was serving a sentence for a 2005 robbery and a rape
  • Shaw was charged with attempted rape, strangulation and sexual abuse for the brazen attack and is currently being held without bail 
  • Shaw’s attack was just one of three that Thursday in the city that comes amid a surge in crime in NYC which has seen 1,216 rapes so far this year


An attempted rapist is in custody after attacking a woman on a New York City bridge in broad daylight only two days after being released from prison for a previous rape.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Howard Shaw, a registered sex offender, approached a jogger on Wards Island Bridge on Thursday at around 7:30 am by asking her for the time. 

He is then said to have put one of his hand’s around her waist and the other over her mouth as he dragged her toward a stairwell.

As Shaw attacked the woman in her 50’s he told her: ‘I don’t want to hurt you, I just want sex’ as he tried to pull down her pants, according to a criminal complaint.

Howard Shaw, 38, (pictured) was charged with attempted rape, strangulation and sexual abuse for the brazen attack

Prosecutors say Shaw approached a jogger on Wards Island Bridge (pictured) on Thursday at around 7:30 am and dragged her toward a stairwell

Prosecutors say Shaw approached a jogger on Wards Island Bridge (pictured) on Thursday at around 7:30 am and dragged her toward a stairwell

Shaw then threw the woman to the ground and choked her until she nearly lost consciousness, the New York Daily News reported. 

Shaw’s assault took place just two days after he was released from state prison where he was serving a sentence for a 2005 robbery and a rape. 

The registered sex offender was jailed in Green Haven Correction Facility in 2005 for raping a 25-year-old woman in Queens while she was taking out the trash.  

Shaw was charged with attempted rape, strangulation and sexual abuse for the brazen attack and is currently being held without bail while he undergoes psychiatric testing to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial, the Daily News reported.  

The Randall's Island attack came on the same day a jogger was running around Central Park's Swan Lake at 7:20 am when a man dressed in all black attacked and molested her

The Randall’s Island attack came on the same day a jogger was running around Central Park’s Swan Lake at 7:20 am when a man dressed in all black attacked and molested her 

Overall crime in New York City continues to steadily grow

Overall crime in New York City continues to steadily grow

Shaw’s attack was just one of three that Thursday in the city that comes amid a surge in crime in New York City

Earlier that morning a 27-year-old jogger was knocked to the ground, choked until she was unconscious and raped while running through Central Park at 7:20am.

The victim alerted police after regaining consciousness and was taken to hospital for treatment. Police said there would be increased patrols in Central Park.   

That same day another woman was walking on a foot path near 103rd street and FDR Drive when she was attacked.

A suspect was arrested over the assault, although police have yet to identify him, or say whether the incidents are connected.

Just the day before a 13 year-old girl was raped in the Bronx’s Crotona Park as she was heading home from school. Police are also looking for the suspect in the Bronx case, who was captured on video before the assault.

The string of attacks come as New York continues to experience a surge in crime. So far this year, the city has seen 1,216 rapes, about 2.5 per cent more than had been recorded at the same point of 2020.

Felony assaults also went up from 17,910 last year, to 19,392 this year, and robbery has gone up from 11,104 to 11,340. 

While murders dropped from 397 to 407 and shootings fell from 1,632 to 1,610, overall crime is still up 1.73 per cent from last year.    

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