NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was an underground nightmare for one woman, the stuff urban horror stories are made of.

Early Wednesday morning, police say a 36-year-old woman had just gotten off the J train at Bowery Street and Delancey. Police say the woman told them that as she was about to get on the escalator, she was grabbed from behind.

Armed with a screwdriver, a man wrapped his arm around her neck, covered her mouth and told her not to scream, police said.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

He then knocked her onto the tracks, threatened her with the screwdriver and pulled her into a tunnel where he beat, raped and sodomized her, 1010 WINS John Montone reported.

As she was being attacked, police say, the victim heard a track worker nearby and began to scream. The suspect took off, and the track worker started to care for the woman – and called 911. EMS and police responded. The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released. She suffered injuries to her mouth, ribs and back.

Meanwhile, police began to hunt for the suspect. They swept through the area, canvassing it and looking for video cameras. It turns out the suspect’s entire run from the attack was caught on various cameras. Piecing the footage together, they were able to spot the suspect exiting the station, turning west on Delancey Street and running north on Bowery. Cameras caught the suspect entering a men’s shelter at 197 Bowery.

At 9:45 p.m. that night, that’s where police arrested Michael Torres, 29.

Torres is accused of assault, attempted rape, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sex acts.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports Torres is a career criminal with 27 prior arrests.

What do you make of this story? Sound off in our comments section below. 

Watch & Listen LIVE