Accused Midtown NYC sex attacker ordered held on $15K bail

An accused Midtown sex attacker who allegedly forced himself on a sleeping homeless woman was ordered held on $15,000 bail, far less than the $250,000 sought by a prosecutor who laid out in court similar arrests for the suspect.

Moussa Camara, 30, who is also homeless, is charged with criminal sex act for an incident that occurred 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said he came up on a 52-year-old woman sleeping in a chair on W. 31st St. near 8th Ave., laid down next to her, masturbated then forced the woman into oral sex.

Camara, who ran off after the woman woke up, was nabbed Monday night by officers who recognized him from a surveillance photo released to the media and sent to every cop’s smartphone.

He was wearing the same white sneakers with green detailing and had in his backpack the same purple sweatshirt with yellow hood, Assistant District Attorney Katherine Byrns said at Camara’s arraignment Thursday.

Bail was set at $15,000 cash or $5,000 bond, less than the $250,000 cash or $25,000 bond Byrns sought by arguing that Camara “poses a substantial flight risk.”

Police released surveillance video image of a homeless man who authorities said was charged with a sex attack on a woman sleeping on a Manhattan sidewalk.

Camara, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital after his arrest for a psychiatric evaluation, has 26 prior arrests, police sources said. Byrns said Camara has eight misdemeanor convictions and has five times failed to appear in court.

Camara was arrested in February for groping a woman at 7th Ave. and W. 34th St. He was convicted of forcible touching, sentenced to six months behind bars, and released in July.

Before that, in February, he was conditionally discharged after pleading guilty to petty larceny — the theft of a Grey Goose vodka bottle from inside Cipriani’s restaurant on E. 42nd St.

Last December, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for two other forcible touching incidents, Byrns said, and in 2019 he was deemed unfit to stand trial after a similar arrest.

He was also convicted of public lewdness in October 2018, records show.




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