Robert Pondexter, 57, has served three state prison sentences for robbery convictions, the New York Daily News reported.
He was already back in jail for allegedly trying to rape his crack dealer when he was allowed to walk free to protect him from the novel coronavirus.
At approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, just 10 days after his release from jail, Pondexter allegedly grabbed a random 58-year-old woman by her collar as she was walking on East New York Avenue, the New York Daily News reported.
“What can you do for me?” he asked her, according to the paper. “I want your money. I’m going to rape you.”
Pondexter then dragged the terrified woman into a nearby school parking lot and forced her to perform oral sex, FOX News reported.
He ordered her to remove her pants, but she was able to kick her way loose and escaped, police said.
The woman was transported to a local hospital, and Pondexter was arrested near the scene.
Police also found a crack pipe on the convicted felon when they took him into custody, the New York Daily News reported.
He has been charged with drug possession, forcible touching, sex abuse, committing a criminal sex act, and attempted rape.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recently expressed shock and dismay over the fact that dozens of inmates released due to COVID-19 concerns immediately went out and committed new crimes.