By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man for allegedly raping a woman in a parking garage in Chelsea on West 22nd Street after she asked him for directions.
The victim told police that she was going to meet up with a friend on Thursday, July 12 around 1:30 a.m. but wasn’t sure what the exact address was, so she asked for directions from 27-year-old Tobey McDonald, who was standing in front of the parking garage at 133 West 22nd Street.
He told her that he wasn’t sure where the location was either, but said that his phone was charging in an office inside the garage and he could look it up for her.
The victim said that she followed him into the office in the garage, where McDonald allegedly pulled out his penis and asked the victim for oral sex.
The victim said that she told McDonald no and left the office but said that she was unable to leave the garage because the door was locked.
She said that McDonald came up to her and pushed her into a parked vehicle in the garage and allegedly said, “You know that you want this.”
According to police, McDonald then pulled off the victim’s underwear and raped her. McDonald was arrested around 3 a.m. the same day but it was unclear how he was caught.
The district attorney’s office said that McDonald was released on his own recognizance until his next court date on August 27 and his attorney declined to comment on the case.