Homeless man charged for repeatedly raping woman near Prospect Park

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A homeless man faces up to 25 years in prison for brutally raping a woman near the Prospect Park Parade Ground last month, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.

A grand jury charged the defendant, who resided at a Queens shelter at the time of the incident, with a top count of predatory sexual assault on Thursday, following his alleged assault of the 59-year-old victim on Nov. 18.

The man put the woman in a chokehold on Parkside Avenue near Parade Place at 5 am, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, before allegedly telling her, “I have a knife. I just got out of jail and I don’t care, so follow what I told you.”

He then pulled down the woman pants and raped her on the sidewalk, before dragging her behind a bench, ordering her onto her hands and knees, and raping her again, Gonzalez alleged.

But the attack did not end there, according to the district attorney, who alleged the defendant dragged the woman by her neck to a van parked nearby, entered it with her after breaking a window, and raped her for a third time inside the vehicle, before grabbing money from her purse and fleeing.

Police apprehended the man with help from an anonymous tip received after they released surveillance footage of him, Gonzalez’s spokeswoman Helen Peterson said.

Supreme Court Justice William Miller ordered the defendant held on $500,000 bail, and he is due back in court on Feb. 19.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 4:22 pm, December 29, 2018
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Nypd says:
Henry Ford?
Dec. 20, 2018, 10:22 pm
no way 25 from Park Slope says:
No way only 25, this guy needs to be tucked away for life so that none of our citizens ever has to experience his wrath again. Better yet, put him down, and let's be done with him.
Dec. 21, 2018, 9:51 am
Liz from WT says:
Away. For. Life.
Dec. 21, 2018, 11:58 am
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
Smile criminal: You're on candid camera on the subway system that could have led to your own downfall.
Dec. 21, 2018, 12:29 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
This is what happens when you vote republican, folks.
Dec. 22, 2018, 9:36 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
No surprise that a MAN was behind this! Hey doopnuts- learn how to respect a feminism!!!!
Dec. 22, 2018, 9:41 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Someone above seems a bit obsessed. Yes vz, electing Republicans will lead to more vigorous police enforcement, that will inevitably lead to another reduction in crime. You will learn this the hard way. P.S. Schumer will bend his knee as always and Trump will celebrate a tremendous victory when he gets his wall funding.
Dec. 22, 2018, 11:01 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I’m so bitter that I’m not getting that wall.
Dec. 22, 2018, 1:08 pm
Durrrr Hurrrrrr says:
How’s that wall coming along that Mexico is paying for? LOL.
Dec. 22, 2018, 4:23 pm
V’s says:
how’s that wall coming along, the one that mexico’s paying for?
Dec. 22, 2018, 4:55 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I’m obsessed with young boys, now I’m not allowed near schools.
Dec. 24, 2018, 11:44 am
Gary Roth from Greenpoint says:
Lol at the moron above shrieking about a wall that’s not funded by mexico. Just when you think trumpturds can’t get any dumber, they open their mouths.
Dec. 24, 2018, 1:43 pm
Vincent from Crown Heights says:
Not a well written story. The reporter never presents the DA by name. References to "Gonzalez" leave it up to the reader to connect the dots. Doesn't the BP have a copy editor?
Dec. 28, 2018, 8:47 pm

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