A homeless man was arrested early Sunday afternoon after allegedly trying to choke a 22-year-old woman in the 59th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station, police said.
Lionel Pope, 31, was observed pushing and shoving people on the north and south-bound platforms of the train. Just before 2 p.m., Pope attacked a woman on the mezzanine level, choking her, then bending her to the ground and punching her on the back, police said.
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Pope is living at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter on East 30th Street, police said. He was arrested on charges of criminal obstruction of breathing, resisting arrest and assault -- all misdemeanor charges.
Records show Pope was arrested three days before the alleged attack, and two other times earlier in 2014 in Brooklyn. Charges were not listed.