By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police arrested a 61-year-old registered sex offender they say they caught raping a woman at a construction site in Chelsea early Wednesday.

Police say they got a 911 call at 1:37 a.m. about a man beating a woman at a construction site on West 28th Street near Eighth Avenue.

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When responding officers arrived, they caught the suspect raping the 23-year-old victim and pulled him off of her, police say. Police say he punched the victim and had his hands around her throat.

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The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police charged Darryl Phelps, 61, with rape, assault and other sex crime charges.

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Sources say Phelps was paroled in September, and served more than two decades in prison for burglary, attempted rape, attempted robbery, and attempted burglary.

CBSNewYork Team