Cops bust homeless man for attempted Midtown rape

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Police have collared a 22-year-old homeless man in connection to an attempted rape in Midtown earlier this month, officials said Wednesday.

Aaron Baker came up behind a 27-year-old woman on East 33rd Street near Madison Avenue around 7 a.m. June 6 and attacked her, police said.

Baker allegedly grabbed her by the throat, pinned her against a storefront and pulled down his pants, according to police.

The woman was able to break free, and Baker took off, cops said.

The man, who had been staying in a shelter down the block, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with attempted rape, sex abuse and attempted sex abuse, Chief James Essig said Wednesday during a press conference.

Baker has seven prior arrests for petit larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and assault, according to sources.

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