Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of PATRICK ROBLES, 44, for attempting to rape a woman on a northbound J train in the Chambers Street station. ROBLES is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count each of Attempted Rape in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree, among other charges.
“As alleged, Patrick Robles viciously assaulted, robbed, and attempted to rape a young woman on the subway as she tried to escape the horrifying attack,” said District Attorney Bragg. “No New Yorker should have to fear riding the subway home. My office will continue to prioritize and prosecute these types of violent attacks.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record, at approximately 9 p.m. on June 9, 2023, ROBLES approached a 29-year-old woman on the train with his pants undone and penis exposed. When she attempted to run off the train, ROBLES grabbed her by her jacket and pulled her back into the subway car. After the doors closed, ROBLES repeatedly punched the survivor in the face, pinned her down, and pulled down her pants. ROBLES also took a sum of cash from the survivor, who had offered him money to stop the assault. The survivor ran off the train at Fulton Street, where a bystander called 911. NYPD officers identified ROBLES from surveillance video and later apprehended him.
Assistant D.A.s Mirah Curzer and Katelyn Colman are handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Kaitlyn Flatley and Vanessa Puzio (Deputy Chiefs of the Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Bureau), Nicole Blumberg (Chief of the Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Bureau), and Executive Assistant D.A. Justin McNabney (Chief of the Special Victims Division). Investigative Analyst Eva Nikitovic is assisting with prosecution of the case. A dedicated sex crimes counselor from the Witness Aid Services Unit is providing invaluable support.
D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, especially Detective Michael Orlando of the Transit Special Victims Squad.
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of or witness to a sex crime is encouraged to call the Manhattan District Attorney’s Helpline at 212-335-9373.
Bronx, New York
- Attempted Rape in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
- Attempted Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
- Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
- Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
- Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count