Elvis McKenzie, a Flushing resident, was charged with attempted rape for allegedly attacking a woman in the elevator of her Astoria apartment building on June 2.
According to the charges and the NYPD, McKenzie followed a 53-year-old woman into an elevator in her building at approximately 11:30 a.m.
When the elevator doors closed, he allegedly proceeded to put his hand in his pants and touch his genitals while looking at the victim.
Soon after, he began choking the victim and punched her numerous times in the face, causing swelling and bruising.
McKenzie then exposed himself and attempted to pull down her pants when the elevator doors opened on a floor and the victim managed to use her leg to prevent the door from closing and began screaming for help.
He then fled the scene.
“The defendant is accused of following his victim like a predator and waiting until she was isolated and trapped inside an elevator before attempting to sexually assault her,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a written statement. “The fact that the alleged attack took place in her own residence must have only added to the victim’s frightening ordeal.
“The offenses that the defendant is charged with committing are crimes of violence that pose a serious threat to public safety, and, as such, warrant punishment by a lengthy prison term.”
McKenzie, 27, was arraigned on Monday and was charged with first-degree attempted rape, second-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.
He was ordered by Judge Michelle Armstrong to be held on $200,000 bail and faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
He is scheduled to return to court on June 23.
The victim’s name was withheld by Brown’s office to protect her identity.
According to the police report, she suffered no major physical injuries.