Man charged in sexual assault of woman using walker

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Marcus Solis has an update on the investigation into a rape in the Bronx.

The NYPD has a man in custody they believe is responsible for stalking and sexually assaulting a woman who relies on a walker to get around.

Detectives picked up a man, who may be homeless, in the Bronx Wednesday morning. Neighbors identified him from the surveillance video released by police Tuesday night.

The suspect, 40-year-old Unga Smith, is charged with rape, robbery, burglary, criminal sex act, and sexual abuse.

The attack happened Monday around 6:30 p.m. near East Gun Hill Road and Dekalb Avenue in the Norwood section.

The 64-year-old victim was followed for some time, with the suspect eventually entering her building and riding the elevator with her. Police say he pushed his way into her apartment and dragged her to the bedroom, where she was sexually assaulted.

The man fled the scene with $240 in cash that the victim had for rent.

A man who works at a nearby store said members of the Special Victims Unit were in the area interviewing witnesses, gathering video and handing out fliers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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