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Suspect arrested in horrific attacks on women in NYC park

Police on Friday arrested a suspect in the horrifying attacks of three women in an Upper Manhattan park, including one victim who was sent to the hospital with head injuries after nearly being raped.

Elvis Nina Pichardo, 40, was hit with a slew of charges, including attempted rape and attempted criminal sexual act, for the alleged assaults, which all took place within the span of an hour on Wednesday in Inwood Hill Park.

Police said the creep approached his first victim, a 34-year old woman, at about 11:21 a.m., and threatened to rape her before hitting her head and stealing her iPhone.

About 20 minutes later, he allegedly threatened to sexually assault a 40-year-old woman, and demanded her phone before she was able to flee, cops said.

Then at 11:57 a.m., Pichardo allegedly struck a 44-year old woman with a tree branch before “continually slamming her head into the ground,” according to police.

He allegedly pulled her pants down and attempted to rape her and steal her backpack and iPhone, cops said.

Police have arrested the man in connection to three attempted sexual assaults in Inwood park on July 21, 2021.
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The woman was taken to Harlem Hospital with head trauma injuries, police said. She was in stable condition.

Pichardo, of The Bronx, was originally picked up by police in Chinatown on a separate public lewdness charge.

In all, Pichardo faces two counts of attempted rape, one count of sexually motivated assault, one count of attempted criminal sexual act, one count of attempted sexual abuse, one count of robbery, one count of assault, one count of petit larceny and one count of public lewdness.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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