A 33-year-old man was arrested after police said he choked a woman visiting from New York with twine and wire in a botched robbery attempt Wednesday in West Philadelphia.
Andre Taylor, who lives at a halfway house in East Falls, also was implicated in a similar choking attack on another woman Sunday, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
About 12:40 p.m., the woman, 29, who was visiting friends in University City, was walking on 45th Street and passed Taylor, then turned west on Larchwood Avenue, Walker said.
She heard footsteps behind her and then, suddenly, was being choked from behind, Walker said. Though she struggled for air, she fought back and was released.