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Police arrest 'predator' who sexually assaulted sleeping woman on New York City subway train after another passenger recorded attack and posted it on YouTube instead of intervening

Man sexually assaults sleeping woman on Manhattan subway train in [VIDEO] while subway riders watch

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  • Carlos Chuva, 43, of Queens, charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault 
  • Chuva is accused of groping Elisa Lopez aboard downtown 4 train October 20, 2012 
  • Attack on Lopez was videotaped by fellow passenger Jasheem Smiley and then shared online 
  • Smiley faced backlash for failing to help Lopez but claimed he was concerned for his own safety
  • Lopez, an Air National Guardsman and college student, went public about attack in December 2014  

In October 2012, Elisa Lopez was sexually assaulted while napping on a subway train in New York City, and the entire incident was caught on video and spread online like wildfire.

Late last week, more than two years after the shocking attack, Ms Lopez was finally vindicated when police apprehended her alleged molester, identified as 43-year-old Carlos Chuva.

The Queens resident was arrested last Thursday and charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault.

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On October 20, 2012, Elisa Lopez (right) was sleeping aboard a downtown 4 train when a middle-aged man sat next to her and stuck his hand up her skirt (left)
The entire incident was caught on video

Vile attack: On October 20, 2012, Elisa Lopez (right) was sleeping aboard a downtown 4 train when a middle-aged man sat next to her and stuck his hand up her skirt (left). The entire incident was caught on video 

Groper: The denim-clad stranger got off the train and vanished after Lopez punched him in the face and fled 

Groper: The denim-clad stranger got off the train and vanished after Lopez punched him in the face and fled 

According to a criminal complaint cited by Gothamist, the suspect admitted that he was the attacker when officers showed a screen grab from the infamous subway video.

The vile attack took place at around 4am October 20, 2012, aboard a downtown 4 train near Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Elisa Lopez, then a 21-year-old member of the Air National Guard, was on her way downtown to meet her boyfriend after attending a party in The Bronx when she briefly dozed off on the train, instinctively clutching her purse. 

She woke up moments later to discover a stranger caressing her thigh and face and trying to kiss her.

The terrified straphanger punched the pervert in the face and fled the subway.

She did not realize the extent of the sexual assault she had endured until a work friend sent her the graphic video shot by a fellow passenger aboard the 4 train.

Carlos Chuvas sexually assaulted sleeping woman on subway
 
Carlos Chuvo
Elisa Lopez

Justice for Elisa: more than two years later, police arrested 43-year-old Carlos Chuvo (left), charging him with aggravated sexual assault of Elisa Lopez 

The grainy cell phone footage recorded by Brooklyn man Jasheem Smiley depicts a middle-aged man dressed in a faded denim jacket and jeans shoving his hand under the sleeping woman's skirt and groping her.

The 18-second clip of the attack quickly went viral, earning Smiley public censure for capturing the assault on his iPhone instead of trying to stop it.

Smiley released another video on his YouTube channel just days later defending his actions that night.

Bystander: Jasheem Smiley faced backlash for capturing the video on his cell phone instead of trying to help Lopez 

Bystander: Jasheem Smiley faced backlash for capturing the video on his cell phone instead of trying to help Lopez 

‘There were 10 other people on the train that didn't do anything,’ he explained. ‘I was the one that did the most.’

Smiley pointed out that after the groper got off the train, he notified the conductor about what happened and went to the police with the video.

But according to the man, officers became interested in the case only after he uploaded the footage online and it attracted media attention.

The assault witness explained that had he physically intervened, the suspect could have accused him of attacking him without any provocation.

Smiley also claimed he was concerned for his own safety because he did not known if the middle-aged pervert had a gun or a knife or him.

‘God knows I did the best I can,’ he said in the video.

He did mention that he repeatedly tried waking Lopez, but the woman continued sleeping after a night out drinking with friends.   

On her part, Elisa Lopez broke her silence about the attack this past December, telling Cosmopolitan that she was in disbelief when she first saw Smiley's footage.

‘I felt sick to my stomach. I was yelling, screaming. I was hysterical,’ she recalled.

Determined to see her abuser behind bars, Lopez released a video of her own explaining the circumstances of the attack and launched a Facebook campaign appealing to fellow users for help in bringing the subway groper to justice.

Jasheem Smiley responds to video he took of sexual assault
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After seeing that her case was going nowhere, Lopez went public with her story in December
Lopez is a college student and member of the Air National Guard

Silent no more: After seeing that her case was going nowhere, Lopez, a college student and member of the Air National Guard, went public with her story in December   

Survivor: The 23-year-old woman has spent the past two years getting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, night terrors and depression caused by the shocking assault  

Survivor: The 23-year-old woman has spent the past two years getting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, night terrors and depression caused by the shocking assault  

Lopez said she has been grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and night terrors for the past two years. She also cannot bear using the subway. 

Initially, she was hesitant to seek psychological treatment for fear of being ejected from the Air National Guard, but after realizing she was having suicidal thoughts, Lopez decided to go and find herself a therapist.

She also turned to art to help her cope with the trauma and adopted a puppy and a calico kitten. She is currently enrolled in the City College of New York.

In an interview with Pix11 about Carlos Chuva’s long-awaited arrest, Lopez suggested she now has come full circle, more than two years after the night that changed her life.

‘I'm at a point where i can say that i am ready to move forward with this,’ she said with a smile.

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This is one of the craziest things I have ever seen!

I could not believe this story even as I watching the short video that was taken by a passenger (Smiley) on the 4 train in NYC.  At about 3:30 am Saturday morning an unidentified man gets on the 4 train and spots a woman basically passed out.  This nutbag decides he’s going to sit next to the woman and put his hand under her dress, WTF!!!!

As a rider of the NYC Subway system there have been PLENTY of times I have fallen asleep on a late night train back to Queens, but this is insane.  What kind of crazy do you have to be to try something like that?  And it’s not like the woman and the guy were the only people on the subway car.

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Smiley was sitting across from the woman when this happened and quickly took a video (as evidence) of the incident and reported to the authorities. Now the question is should Smiley done something to stop the guy before taking the video?

Smiley said that he and others on the train yelled at the guy to stop but he would not, eventually the woman woke up when the man tried other things like put his arm around her.  The woman did manage to punch the guy in the face before she got off the train; I can’t imagine what was going thru her mind as she woke up, smh.

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In a perfect world we would expect Smiley and the other folks on the train to taken some kind of action other than yelling at the guy.  I myself have played the role of ‘Super Hero’once or twice, but I am pretty big dude.  There have been a couple of times where I thought afterward that one of these days someone is going to tell me to mind my business and take a swing at me.

So when it comes to Smiley and the others on the train I can’t really fault them for not doing more.  This is NYC and we hear all types of stories of crazy nutbags attacking people, Smiley and others may have hesitated but if a guy is bold enough to jump on a subway car, openly grope a woman and not care who is watching…  There is no telling what else he may do!

Wow, just when you thought you have seen/read it all….

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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on March 27, 2015 at 10:25pm
The trains can be very dangerous so at best always play it smart
Comment by GospelPan on March 26, 2015 at 11:00am

@vaughn, "I hope she learn a lesson"...that's kind ah harsh bro. , we all know it's not smart to fall asleep on a train, but sometimes it happens anyway. We don't know her situation, maybe she's taking meds that makes her sleepy, maybe she had a rough day at work? Who knows ....but it's not a crime to sleep on a train, it is however, a crime to molest a sleeping woman on a train. 

Comment by NIkki Diamond on March 26, 2015 at 7:07am
Wth who gives him right to touch her whether she's asleep or awake he should go to jail for volating the lady like that @ vaughn Mitchell if that was your sister or your mother you would like that to happen to them whether they was coming from a club or from work, it should have never happened to no woman.
Comment by BIIGMANN on March 25, 2015 at 8:36am
Not cool
Comment by j j on March 24, 2015 at 9:26pm

she should have had a knife and stab him in the groin.. i do hope he goes to jail and be someone b****......

Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 24, 2015 at 3:35pm

One don't sleep on the damn train, two the idiot who recorded should have his man card remove for being a p****, three its been two years  since this happen move on and I hope she learn a lesson, as for the pervert put him in jail in rikers with other rapist. 

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on March 24, 2015 at 2:02pm
PEOple have a right to wear what they want to wear but remember when you get stalk by a sicko. You can't blame them if you are reveling your flesh.
Comment by Pete on March 24, 2015 at 1:23pm
It not the 1st time and wouldn't be the last. It alway something happen
On the subway train special on the 6 train to the Bronx .
Comment by GospelPan on March 24, 2015 at 1:13pm

If this video is real, I would have to say she was drunk...but either way, the man is sick in the head.

Comment by T. O. M on March 24, 2015 at 1:05pm
It comments like that-(for her to get over s*** like what she dealt with)-why motherf*kers like Carlos can feel like they do s*** like and get away with it. Didn't anybody in his life tell'em to KEEP HIS DAMN HANDS TO HIMSELF. He is lucky that had 2 years free out here to think about it.

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