He approached from behind, threw the woman to the ground and tried to remove her sweatpants, said police. She screamed as she fought off the attacker and a good Samaritan rushed over to help. The suspect ran off and the bystander called 911, cops said.
The woman was later taken to the hospital with cuts to her knees, feet and hands, police said.
Investigators later found surveillance footage showing the brazen attack on the 14-year-old teen. Still images from that video were released to the media.
Around 10 a.m. Friday, three 102nd Precinct officers — Christopher Bergin, Guiseppe Sollecito, and Michael Catanzaro — spotted the suspect near Myrtle Ave. and Park Lane South in Richmond Hill and took him into custody.