A MAN who cops said tried to rape an 85-year-old woman was arrested thanks to lucky breaks in the case.
Mario Pope, 25, allegedly tried to rape the elderly woman in the laundry room of her Brooklyn apartment building on Thursday morning, cops said in a news released.
The woman told cops that Pope somehow got scared and left the victim unharmed, the New York Daily News reported.
The woman called 911 more than an hour later and was taken to NYU Langone-Brooklyn hospital for evaluation, sources told the Daily News.
Luckily, around the same time the woman made the 911 call, another woman said she saw a man eyeing her and called police.
Cops, wearing body cameras, responded and interviewed Pope but let him free when they determined that the woman’s report was not a crime, the outlet reported.
However, cops later realized that the description of the attacker provided by the 85-year-old victim matched that of the man interviewed after the second woman’s 911 call.
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So, officers at the local precinct send the body camera images to police headquarters where a detective began to run facial recognition on the images to compare them with known criminal suspects.
When the detective left work to head home at the end of his shift, he spotted Pope strolling on a nearby street and arrested him.
Pope, who is reportedly homeless, was charged attempted rape, burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment.
He was previously arrested on assault and harassment charges on April 27 but was released without bail, the outlet reported.