Man Indicted in Central Park Rape

Manhattan prosecutors have accused David Mitchell of assaulting the woman in broad daylight on Sept. 12

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:31 PM EDT
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Central Park rape suspect David Mitchell spits at reporters as he walks to the police car after his arrest.

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the violent sexual assault of a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park. Gus Rosendale has more.

Central Park Rape Suspect Arrested

Police have arrested a man with a long criminal history in connection with the violent sexual assault of a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. Tracie Strahan reports.
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New York City prosecutors say a grand jury has voted to indict a drifter on charges he sexually assaulted a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park.

The indictment naming David Albert Mitchell was announced in court on Wednesday without the defendant there. The 42-year-old has been jailed since his arrest last week on rape and other charges.

Manhattan prosecutors have accused Mitchell of assaulting the woman in broad daylight on Sept. 12. They say the attack occurred about a week after she photographed him exposing himself.

There was no immediate response to a phone message left Wednesday with Mitchell's attorney.

Authorities in West Virginia have said Mitchell was acquitted of a murder charge two decades ago and was considered a person of interest in another slaying that remains unsolved.

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