Thursday, June 6, 2013

Woman Recants Riverside Park Rape Claim

NYPD Crime Scene Unit investigating the alleged incident on Thursday afternoon.  (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on Image to enlarge.


By Geoffrey Croft

The 44-year-old homeless woman who claimed she was raped in Riverside Park early this morning has recanted her story NYC Park Advocates has learned.

This evening police said they would not be charging her with filing a false police report.

The victim had told police she was walking southbound along Riverside Drive at West 74th Street at 5 a.m. when a black male approached her from behind and said he was a "cop and an FBI agent. " 

She told them a man dragged her inside the park under a tree by the South Lawn and sexually assaulted her.

She was taken to the Bellvue hospital where she was examined.

The woman said the assailant did not display a weapon.

The woman could offer no other description of the alleged rapist other than that he was a male black.

The incident was being investigated by the Special Victims Squad,  NYPD Internal Affairs division and the Police Impersonation Squad.

Police had begun to track down surveillance cameras from residential buildings.

On April 9, police arrested a hispanic male in the park for touching and exposing himself near the playground three blocks north (76th St) after a nanny called authorities.    The man has a long arrest history according to a law enforcement source.

Westside Rag also contributed to this story.

 W.74th Street and Riverside Drive

South Lawn entrance. 74th Street. 

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WCBS - June 6,  2013 - By Derricke Dennis

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