Central Park Bird Watcher Raped in Broad Daylight

'Do you remember me?' attacker asked

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 13, 2012 9:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Do you remember me?" That's what a man asked a 73-year-old bird watcher in Central Park yesterday before allegedly beating and raping her, the New York Times reports. And indeed, the woman did remember him: She'd spotted the man masturbating in the park a week and a half ago, and snapped a photo. He had spotted her, demanded she delete the photo, and tried to take the camera without success. But after yesterday's attack, he made off with her backpack, which contained a camera.

Surveillance cameras caught a glimpse of the suspect, whom the woman described as a stocky Ukranian or Russian man in his 40s or 50s, and police have already detained a person of interest. The New York Post talked to the woman just hours later, and asked what should be done to her attacker. "Kill him," she replied. "Cut off his penis. That's fine. Cut off his feet, then hit him over the head. Then give him life in prison. This guy knew what he wanted to do."

This image taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York City Police Department, shows a man believed to have mugged and sexually assaulted a 73 year old woman in New York’s Central Park.
This image taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York City Police Department, shows a man believed to have mugged and sexually assaulted a 73 year old woman in New York’s Central Park.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department)
This image taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York City Police Department shows a man believed to have mugged and sexually assaulted a 73 year old woman in New York’s Central Park.
This image taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York City Police Department shows a man believed to have mugged and sexually assaulted a 73 year old woman in New York’s Central Park.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department)
Police officers talk near a crime scene in a heavily wooded section of Central Park in New York, Sept. 12, 2012.
Police officers talk near a crime scene in a heavily wooded section of Central Park in New York, Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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