Bizarre coincidence, facial recognition tech led to arrest in sex attack on 85-year-old woman: sources

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police officers who arrested a man for allegedly trying to rape an 85-year-old woman inside a Brooklyn laundry room on Thursday tracked him down hours later through a combination of facial recognition technology, a tip from a civilian and a bizarre coincidence, sources told 1010 WINS.

Mario Pope, 25, who is homeless, was arrested and charged with attempted rape, burglary, sex abuse, forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment on Thursday evening, the NYPD said.

Pope is accused of trying to rape the 85-year-old woman in the laundry room of a residential building in Bay Ridge Thursday morning, police said.

Sources told 1010 WINS Pope fled the laundry room after the woman fought him off. A few hours later, a woman in Bay Ridge called 911 to report a man who was acting suspiciously, the sources said.

Police officers wearing body cameras responded to the location and told the man to keep moving, according to the sources.

Not long after, one of the officers returned to the laundry room crime scene and realized the man who had been acting suspiciously may have been the suspect in the attempted sexual assault, the sources said.

A detective brought the body camera footage of the man to 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan for processing later that day, only to discover Pope in front of the building, according to the sources.

Pope, who was previously arrested for exposing himself in Queens in 2018 and for attacking his roommate at a Manhattan homeless shelter earlier this year, was cuffed at the scene, the sources said.

His attorney information wasn’t immediately available Friday.