Manhattan NY Feb 13 2018 A janitor with an extensive criminal record was arrested for trying to rape a New York State office of Mental Health peace officer on Wards Island, police sources said Tuesday.
Ex-con Tyrone Jordan, 43, who has racked up 33 arrests dating back to the 1990 — several of them felonies — is facing attempted rape, assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and public lewdness charges for the Monday morning attack outside the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
The 42-year-old victim told investigators she was walking to her car about 9:30 a.m. when Jordan approached her, police sources said.
Jordan exposed himself, then pushed the woman into her car and tried to rape her, but she struggled with him until he ran off, sources said.
Police located and arrested Jordan a short time later and took him into custody. His victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with injuries to her back and left hand, police said.
It was not immediately clear where Jordan worked as a janitor.
At his arraignment Tuesday, Jordan, in a dark green-hooded puffy coat and torn light blue jeans, looked agitated and repeatedly tried to interrupt prosecutor Carson Cook.
Cook said Jordan’s record is riddled with busts for public lewdness, assault and robbery.
“The defendant has an extensive criminal history,” Cook said.
In this case he approached an “on-duty peace officer from behind, exposed his erect penis.”
He “pushed her into a car and tried to get on top of her,” Cook said. “She resisted and tried to fight him off.”
Jordan’s defense attorney Julie Sender said he has been living in a facility on Ward’s Island for the past 18 months.
“He has been doing very well,” she said. “I think that there are number of other issues that are not immediately present from the people’s recitation of facts.”
Sources said Jordan has been arrested 33 times since 1990 and spent three years in prison beginning in 2002 for attempted robbery, according to court documents.
He also spent a year in prison in 2007 after being convicted of robbery in the Bronx.
Through the years, he’s been charged with assault, public lewdness, criminal mischief, assault on a police officer and robbery.
He was arrested for attempted murder in 1993, but the case was ultimately sealed, police sources said.
His most recent arrests were last year, where he was grabbed for petit larceny on the Upper West Side and turnstile jumping in Harlem, officials said.
Bail was set at $100,000 by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Lyle Frank. The case will go before a grand jury on Friday.