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Man arrested after video shows what police call an attempted abduction on New York subway

Posted at 6:31 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 08:35:34-05

NEW YORK — A man is under arrest after a now-viral video captured what appears to be an attempted abduction on a Bronx subway train early Monday.

In the shocking cellphone footage, which spread quickly across social media Monday, a man dressed in red tried to get a sleeping female individual's attention as he sat across from her on a No. 6 subway in the Bronx.

As the train pulled into the Morrison Avenue-Soundview station, around 2:30 a.m., the doors opened, and the man jumped up, grabbed the woman, and carried her off the train.

Video shows the man holding the woman against her will on the station platform until she was able to escape his grip and run back on the train.

According to the NYPD, the man in the video was "preventing a female from getting away from him."

Cops found and arrested 48-year-old Sonny Alloway in the Bronx Monday, and he was charged with unlawful imprisonment, according to authorities.

The woman's age and identity are not known at this time.

This story was originally published by Mark Sundstrom and Katie Corrado on WPIX in New York.