A bird's-eye check out regarding Central Park . A 73-year-old female advised police your lover has been raped and mugged at the wooded community from the park(Credit: File, Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Police said a 73-year-old birdwatcher informed these individuals she was raped throughout Central Park on Wednesday morning, with a male exactly who enquired her in case the girl appreciated your pet before the attack.
The woman, in whose brand was not released, said the lady repeatedly visits that meadow as well as thinks the particular assailant ended up being the same gentleman your lady photographed masturbating regarding nine nights past in yet another isolated a part of the park, court arrest said. She reported he / she demanded your woman remove the photo in advance of they journeyed their split ways, and tried to be able to grab your ex camera but failed to succeed. Police said which original come across wasn't reported.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly explained she explained to criminal arrest these people the girl seemed to be mauled from related to 11 a.m. inside a wooded location nearby the park's Strawberry Fields, which in turn serves like a funeral obituary in order to former Beatles' singer John Lennon.
After sexually assaulting her, the synthetic off with her back pack that contained a camera, court arrest said. He furthermore tried using in order to acquire her watch although was unsuccessful.
Eric Ozawa, your college tutor plus birdwatcher, observed the woman and also called 911. He stated he discovered some of thighs sticking out along side avenue plus primarily considered ?t had been somebody sleeping. As this individual became closer, this individual understood ?t had been a lady resting face down.
Ozawa claimed her face had been negatively swollen. She possessed a ebony eye and appeared to be dealt with in mulch. But she still made an appearance "self-possessed and also lucid," he or she said.
When the woman instructed Ozawa she appeared to be mugged in addition to raped, he without delay known as that police.
"It's shocking that it could transpire from the area with broad daylight," he / she said. "That a person may possibly rape someone in the woman's 70s."
Investigators interviewed Ozawa upon Wednesday since additional representatives and detectives swarmed the particular scene in search of the particular suspect. Police impeded off a great deal from the location close to West 72nd Street as well as Central Park West because they hunted pertaining to a think called some sort of man throughout his or her 40s.
Authorities later on unveiled surveillance images with the suspicious who has been being dressed in african american pants, a new dark T-shirt along with light sneakers. He was taking a new backpack that resembled normally the one thieved through the woman, plus donning a second backpack.