Central Park rape suspect caught, charged

November 20, 2013 2:48:36 AM PST
Police have arrested a homeless man in connection with an alleged rape that took place in Central Park over the weekend.

Authorities on Tuesday identified the man caught on camera walking with the victim as 32-year-old Omar Hoist, who was later taken into custody inside Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem.

Police say the 28-year-old victim was walking on East 88th Street near 5th Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when she was approached by the suspect.

They began talking and continued to walk together toward Central Park, eventually entering the park near 100th Street, walking along a bike path and sitting on a bench.

That's when Hoist allegedly turned violent, dragging the woman into a grassy area and raping her.

The victim managed to flee the scene, running to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Hoist is charged with first-degree rape, strangulation and assaut.