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Career criminal suspected of raping NYC jogger held without bail, prosecutor cites ‘predatory’ pattern of attacks

New York Daily News 11/4/2022 Rocco Parascandola, Molly Crane-Newman, Larry McShane, New York Daily News
Carl Phanor in NYPD custody on Nov. 3, 2022. © Sam Costanza/New York Daily News/TNS Carl Phanor in NYPD custody on Nov. 3, 2022.

An oft-arrested-and-released homeless man accused in the brutal rape and beating of a random Manhattan jogger and assaults on two other women stood mutely at a Friday court appearance where he was finally held without bail.

Carl Phanor, 28, wore a gray hoodie and matching sweat pants at a Manhattan Criminal Court hearing on charges in the savage Thursday attack and a pair of similar sex crimes from earlier this year.

DNA evidence linked him to the first of the three assaults, seven months before the Thursday beatdown of a woman visiting from Illinois, out for a morning run through the West Village, according to sources and a criminal complaint.

The latest victim, choked to the point where she was fading in and out of consciousness during the sexual attack, remained in the intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in Greenwich Village.

The depraved suspect was busted inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown shortly after the latest crime, law enforcement sources said, where he was trying to sneak aboard a Greyhound bus out of the city. He was buying a ticket with the victim’s stolen credit card, and had just purchased $39 worth of Red Bull at a Target store.

Phanor shaved off his eyebrows in a failed attempt to hide hide his identity, a police source indicated. He was still carrying the rape victim’s wallet, with her hotel key card and ID, when arrested following the attack on West St. near Pier 45.

A video captured the suspect riding away from the crime scene on a Citi Bike.

The alleged recidivist offender was free despite more than two dozen prior arrests, eight of them sealed, authorities said.

His earlier run-ins with the NYPD ran the gamut from stealing perfume inside the Manhattan Mall to stabbing a stranger on the street to a drug possession bust. Cops said Phanor spent most of his time hanging out in city parks and along bike paths.

He served 20 days in jail for a 2017 knifing, and twice skipped out on court-ordered treatment programs after subsequent arrests.

Authorities in Florida and New Jersey also reported five busts on a variety of charges dating back a decade.

Defense attorney Michael Papson asked for Phanor to be placed under suicide watch and protective custody, while asking for a mental health evaluation pending a Nov. 9 court appearance.

Phanor allegedly first assaulted a jogger on March 27 near Clarkson St. and West St. on Pier 40, blocks from the latest attack. The 39-year-old woman was running when Phanor approached her on a bicycle and pushed her to the ground, police said.

He choked the victim, sexually assaulted her and removed her cell phone, authorities said, with a Criminal Court complaint revealing a DNA match with evidence found on the woman.

On Oct. 6, he attempted to rape a 48-year-old woman walking uptown on the FDR Drive service road near E. 37th St., cops said. Phanor allegedly grabbed the woman from behind and choked her as he ripped her jeans off, but fled when she started screaming, the complaint said.

Though the woman fought him off, the suspect got away with her wallet and cellphone.

A jogger who came to the latest victim’s aid at Pier 45 along West St. near Christopher St. recalled other runners continuing callously past the woman after Phanor took off with her wallet, cellphone and headphones after the 6 a.m. attack.

“That was really disturbing to me because they just left her there and everybody’s running by not even paying attention to her,” recalled good Samaritan Gabrielle Sumkin. “I bet so many people ran past her and didn’t pay any mind to it. Nobody really looked in our direction, which is disappointing.”

Cops used the last victim’s stolen credit card to track the suspect, wearing a green and yellow knit ski cap, as he tried to flee the city from the bus terminal. The complaint said police recovered the third victim’s wallet and other items.

Phanor was charged with rape, two counts of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, strangulation and two counts of robbery, according to prosecutors.

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