Bronx man arrested in violent sexual assault pattern
Police have arrested a 33-year-old Bronx man who is accused of violently attacking and sexually assaulting at least four different women during the past month and a half.
Miguel Lopez is the man police have been searching for since Feb. 24 when he allegedly first attacked a 27-year-old victim as she was walking to the train near 161st Street in the late afternoon. He allegedly grabbed the woman from behind, punched her repeatedly and then sexually assaulted her.
Lopez attacked three other women in the Bronx, mostly in the early morning or late at night. He often punched his victims and sometimes threatened them with a knife or box cutter.
The most recent incident occurred March 31 in Bedford Park. The suspect followed a 40-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man into an apartment building and robbed them at knifepoint. He then continued to follow the female victim, forced his way into her apartment and raped her.
Lopez faces a number of charges, including sexual abuse, rape, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.