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Boxer charged in PATH station attack

December 20, 2012 11:34:07 AM PST
A 41-year-old man who has been an amateur boxer is under arrest in an attack, caught on camera, of a woman at New York's 9th Street PATH station.

Port Authority Police say 41-year-old James Drexie of New York City was arrested Wednesday on a charge of third-degree attempted robbery.

A surveillance camera recorded an attack on a 37-year-old New Jersey woman during an attempted robbery of her iPhone on Oct. 1. When the suspect tried to rip the phone out of the woman's hands, police say she resisted. The man then punched the victim, knocking her to the ground before fleeing.

Port Authority Police Chief John Ryan says news broadcasts of the surveillance camera video led to the identification of the suspect, who has a history of arrests.

Drexie was to appear Thursday in court in Manhattan. Police say they don't know if has retained a lawyer.

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