Woman Says She Was Raped in Tompkins, Arrest Made

photo(367)Daniel Maurer The entrance to the park last night.
photo(368)Daniel Maurer Police tape in the park.

A man was arrested last night after a woman said she was raped in Tompkins Square Park.

The police said that around 10 p.m., a woman who had been sleeping in the park said she was awoken to a man raping her. She ran to a nearby store for help. The police searched the area and arrested an individual who fit her description, and are currently trying to determine whether the woman’s allegations are truthful.

Last night, shortly after midnight, an area inside of the park, near Avenue B and East Eighth Street, was cordoned off by police tape.

Update | 8:50 p.m. The Daily News reports that the suspect is a 27-year-old homeless man, Ruben Canales.