Wayne Christopher, 50, allegedly dragged the victim into a bathroom in the shelter on Park Avenue near East 125th Street at 3:10 p.m. Thursday.
He attempted to rip off her pants, but she held them up and managed to fight him off, according to a court complaint.
Christopher then allegedly kissed the victim, who eventually was able to break free and run away.
She quickly reported the incident, and Christopher was arrested on attempted-rape charges.
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