A female jogger in New York City was raped Thursday by a homeless man wanted for two sex crimes with at least 25 prior arrests.

The shocking attack on the West Side came just hours before Hillary Clinton’s Manhattan rally for the Democratic incumbent.

Carl Fenor, 29, was arrested hours after the attack at the Port Authority bus station, which took place around 5:30 a.m. at Pier 45 on the West Side, according to the New York Post.

He allegedly grabbed the 43-year-old woman from behind and choked her until she passed out, and then sexually assaulted her before robbing her, according to law enforcement officials.

New York City authorities charged Mr. Fanor with rape, grand larceny, predatory sexual assault and credit card fraud.

The alleged assault was another of the daily violent crimes in New York City and other cities across the country — part of a crime wave that Republicans have highlighted in the 2022 midterm campaigns. The GOP is accusing Democratic leaders, including Mrs. Hochul, of supporting soft-on-crime policies that fuel lawlessness.

Mrs. Clinton contradicted the GOP narrative when she joined Vice President Kamala Harris at the event for Mrs. Huchel, whose campaign is trying to win a tight race against Republican Lee Zilden.

“They don’t care about keeping you safe,” Mrs. Clinton said of Republicans during a rally at Barnard College. “They want to keep you scared.”

She continued, “I … see commercials about crime every 30 seconds,” Mrs. Clinton said. “No solution, but just lots of horrible, horrible images and horrible music.”

Mrs. Clinton reminded supporters of Mrs. Huchel of the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband last week that left him with a fractured skull. “It shows that Republicans don’t care about crime victims,” ​​he said.

“Then there’s a terrible crime in San Francisco; an intruder hits an 82-year-old man in the head with a hammer — who happens to be married to the speaker of the House — and Republicans make fun of it,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Mrs. Hochul made a similar comment when she appeared on it

On Sunday, MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” and host Rev. Told Al Sharpton that Republicans are “data deniers.”

“These are master manipulators. They have this conspiracy going on all over America trying to convince people in Democratic states that they’re not so safe. Well, guess what? They don’t. There are only election deniers, they are also data deniers,” he said.

The three Democratic women leaders focused primarily on issues related to abortion rights and how Mrs. Hoechl had the opportunity to become the first woman elected as New York’s governor. She became the first woman to serve as governor since Andrew Cuomo resigned following a sexual harassment scandal.

Fighting rising crime in New York has been central to Mr. Zelden’s campaign platform, and has helped bring the race significantly closer in the deep blue state.

A recent Trafalgar Group poll found Mr Zelden leading Mrs Hoechl by 48.4% to 47.6%.

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