Suspect in vicious assault of tourist arrested

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce announced Thursday the capture of Keon Robinson, an ex-con wanted for beating and sexually assaulting a woman visiting New York City from Germany last week.

"Update: Keon Robinson in custody. Details to follow later today," announced Boyce via Twitter.

Authorities charged Robinson, 28, with attempted rape, two counts of robbery, four counts of assault, and sex abuse, the NYPD said.

The 31-year-old woman was walking westbound along West 146th Street to her Airbnb rental in Harlem at about 2:50 a.m. on May 4 when a man grabbed her purse, struck her repeatedly in the face, and sexually assaulted her, police said. She was treated at Harlem Hospital for trauma.

The NYPD released surveillance camera footage of the assault and of the suspect at a Home Depot.

Robinson is a Level 3 sex offender who was arrested for a similar crime in 2007, Boyce has said. He served seven years in prison for that attack. Under New York State guidelines, Level 3 means that the offender is at "high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety."