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Man Arrested in Central Park Rape: NYPD

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:28 AM EDT
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Surveillance video of a man walking with a woman police say he later raped in Central Park early Sunday.

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Surveillance video of a man walking with a woman police say he later raped in Central Park early Sunday.

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Police Investigate Possible Sex Assault in Central Park

Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault in Central Park. A portion of the park was blocked off by police Sunday afternoon near 5th Avenue and 97th Street. Ida Siegal reports.
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Police have accused a 32-year-old man of raping a woman in Central Park after walking with her into the park and sharing a bench with her Sunday. 

Omar Hoist was arrested Tuesday evening on rape, strangulation and assault charges, the NYPD says. The man, who has no known address, was arrested in the rape after being brought in for questioning earlier in the day as a person of interest. He has the same first name as the man who the woman said attacked her.

The woman was walking on 88th Street near Fifth Avenue around 3:30 a.m., on her way to visit someone at a nearby church that shelters homeless people, when the suspect approached her, according to the NYPD. They started talking and were seen on surveillance video walking together. They entered the park near 100th Street and walked along a bike path before sitting down on a park bench.

Police say the suspect then violently dragged the woman to the grass, where he raped her. She was eventually able to get away and the suspect fled in the opposite direction.

It's unclear if the victim knew the suspect before Sunday. 

It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

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