By Sasha Gonzales
The man who police said tried to rape his 83-year-old neighbor in the Castle Hill Houses Saturday has been arrested, officials said.
Gary Mallette, 51, whose criminal history includes more than 50 arrests and several completed prison terms for robbery, allegedly posed as a NYCHA repairman to get into the elderly victim’s apartment – then ripped her clothes off and beat her, police said. She suffered numerous broken ribs and other injuries from being punched.
A family member of the woman came home mid-attack, leading Mallette to run off with the victim’s jewelry and cell phone, police said. He remained on the lam until late Wednesday, when an NYPD lieutenant spotted him sitting on a bench inside a subway station at West 42nd Street near the Port Authority bus terminal, officials said.
Mallette, who lived in the same project as the victim, faces a host of charges including predatory sex assault, robbery, burglary, and unlawful imprisonment. He is expected to be arraigned today in Bronx Criminal Court.