D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment of Man Who Grabbed, Attempted to Rape Woman Walking on UWS Last Month

September 7, 2022

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of ESTARLING MARTINEZ CABRAL, 20, for attacking a stranger as she walked on the Upper West Side in July 2022, dragging her to secluded area, and attempting to rape her. MARTINEZ CABRAL is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Attempted Rape in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree.[1] 

“Every New Yorker has the right to walk safely along our City’s streets. As alleged, Estarling Martinez Cabral violently attacked a woman doing just that, forcing her to a secluded area before attempting to rape her,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Our Special Victims Division provides survivor-centered and trauma-informed services, all free of charge. We encourage anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sex crime to call our Hotline at 212-335-9373.”
According to court documents, video recording, and statements made on the record, on July 20, 2022, at approximately 1:00 a.m., MARTINEZ CABRAL followed a stranger for multiple blocks before grabbing her at West 69th Street near Broadway. As alleged, he dragged her to a secluded area in the courtyard of a residential building, and proceeded to strangle, sexually abuse, and attempt to rape her. When an eyewitness verbally intervened, MARTINEZ CABRAL fled, before turning himself in a week later.
Assistant D.A.s Kaitlyn Flatley and Arielle Evans are handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Nicole Blumberg (Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit), Shannon Lucey and Vanessa Puzio (Deputy Chiefs of the Sex Crimes Unit) and Executive Assistant D.A. Joyce Smith (Chief of the Special Victims Division). Trial Preparation Assistants Abigail Simon and Andrea Jeng are assisting with the case.

D.A. Bragg also thanked the New York City Police Department’s Manhattan Special Victims Squad, especially Detective Christopher Stack, Detectives Joseph Rawdon and Peter Lumia and Sergeant Ivan Rodriguez.

Defendant Information
Brooklyn, New York


  • Attempted Rape in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Sexual abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.