A 43-year-old woman said she was raped while jogging on Manhattan’s West Side Highway Thursday morning, police said.
The woman told authorities she was jogging near Pier 45 when a man grabbed her from behind, choked her and pushed her to the ground around 5:30 a.m., the New York City Police Department said.
She said he raped her, stole her wallet and phone, and then fled on foot, according to police.
The victim stopped another jogger, who dialed 911, police said.
She was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.
Police on Thursday announced the arrest of 29-year-old Carl Phanor in connection with the jogger’s rape. Phanor was also charged with raping another woman on March 27 at an almost identical location. In addition, police said Phanor was charged in a third incident, an assault on a woman on Manhattan’s East Side. He faces charges of sexually motivated robbery, robbery, grand larceny, strangulation, predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual activity.
Police said Phanor was undomiciliated.
Law enforcement sources previously told ABC News that a suspect was arrested after police said he used the victim’s credit card at a midtown Manhattan destination.
Gabrielle Sumkin, who posed as the jogger who called 911, told ABC News she was on her usual running route when she noticed the victim, who she said appeared to be in distress. She said the victim had blood on her arm and elbow and covered her eyes with her hand.
The 23-year-old said the victim could barely speak. Sumkin said while on the phone to 911, the woman kept repeating, “I need help.”
She said she didn’t want to rush the woman about what happened and said she left the scene as soon as first responders arrived. Sumkin said it wasn’t until news reports came out that she learned the woman had been raped.
Sumkin said she felt sick when she found out and excused herself from work to go for a walk and cry.
“It’s disgusting. I am a staunch feminist. I support women,” she said. “People who commit crimes like this are at the bottom of my list.”