Bowery Subway Sex Attacker Michael Torres Gets 13 Years in Prison

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Michael Torres was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to that horrifying sexual attack in the Bowery J/Z subway station last February. The 29-year-old attacker was a resident of the Andrew’s Hotel flophouse at 197 Bowery, where he was later arrested for his heinous actions. He reportedly had 27 prior arrests.

During the wee hours of that early-February morning, the unidentified 36-year-old victim had exited a J train and taken the escalator to street level. Before reaching her destination, Torres pulled her away, tossed her to the ground, then dragged her to the end of the platform. But that’s not all. The perp then forced his prey onto the tracks where he sexually assaulted her. Torres had been armed with a screwdriver, and was scared off by the arrival of nearby track workers.

The New York Post reports that prosecutors were pushing for 15 years to life. However, under the judgement given by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman, a parole board has the ability to keep him imprisoned for the rest of his life.

Recent Stories

‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Eyes Rivington Street Debut this Weekend

After a build-out period of more than five months, including utilities-based delays, a new Vietnamese restaurant is all but ready to open on Rivington Street. The newcomer here is an offshoot of the Queens-based Ginger & Lemongrass, described by owner-chef Petra Rickman as a contemporary Vietnamese fusion restaurant. Having debuted in Whitestone just last year – […]

The Future Home of Essex Street Market Gets Glassed up

By this time next year, the Essex Street Market will be in its new home. Until then, we watch the progress at Site 2, where the future headquarters is taking shape. In fact, with the topping out last week, the whole development is now starting to resemble all the renderings. The three-story glass exterior lining […]

‘Winky Lux’ Offers its Millennial Makeup Options at New Ludlow Street Store

Hood by Air is gone with the wind, and Winky Lux took advantage. For the last year-and-change, Lower East Side-based street fashion collective Hood by Air counted 69 Ludlow Street as home. And in secret fashion, as is their usual motive. The ten-year-old brand secured the spot in February 2016, and for a brief moment, […]

Bowery Alliance of Neighbors Celebrates 10 Years of Local Activism

One of the most vocal local groups advocating for Bowery preservation celebrates an important milestone this month. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, whose signature fight is to save the namesake thoroughfare, now celebrates a decade in existence. Ten years of preservation and awareness. The group was founded in 2007, and later Proposed its East Bowery […]

Councilman Introduces Bill to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins

For one Lower East Sider, the quest to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins just took a major step forward. City Council is now reviewing a bill that would make this happen. In response to this community led effort, Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin introduced the bill, which is also supported by Brooklyn […]

  • bowery boy

    Have you seen the platform of this stop recently? I cannot
    imagine a bigger pedestrian trap. Did they have to close off so much of the
    platform all at once? And the openings to the other tracks are open again, too. Seems
    like a lot of cover for bad things to happen. Last week, I swear, I came around
    a corner to a guy sitting on the platform shooting up. Felt like the old days.
    I just hope no one gets hurt.