New York Daily News

Out of can 2 weeks & held in sex crime

- Thomas Tracy

A parolee who had been free for less than two weeks, is back behind bars for trying to sexually assault a woman in Prospect Park, police said.

Carlis Clarke, 25, was taken into custody early Wednesday after he was linked to the Tuesday afternoon sex attack near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, cops said.

The 33-year-old victim was walking through the park at 3:45 p.m., when Clarke allegedly jumped her and dragged her by the hair to some nearby bushes.

He ripped off the woman’s surgical mask, grabbed her cell phone and tried to force her to perform a sex act, but she fought back and bit him, cops said. Her assailant took off after that.

A witness saw Clarke run out of the park toward Sullivan Place in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and told police, who tracked him down through surveillan­ce video.

Police charged Clarke with committing a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonme­nt and robbery.

On Feb. 11, Clarke was released from the Gouverneur Correction­al Facility in upstate Lawrence County, after he served 16 months for an attempted weapons possession conviction in Brooklyn.

NYPD Police Commission­er Dermot Shea hailed the quick arrest on Twitter Wednesday. “When a woman was sexually assaulted in Brooklyn yesterday, @NYPDSVU went to work,” Shea said. “Within hours, investigat­ors ID’d & arrested the assailant.”

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