“Police said a 73-year-old birdwatcher told them she was raped in Central Park on Wednesday morning,” CBS reports. “Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said she told police them she was attacked at about 11 a.m. in a wooded area near the park’s Strawberry Fields, which serves as a memorial to former Beatles’ singer John Lennon. After sexually assaulting her, the man made off with her backpack that contained a camera, police said. He also tried to steal her watch but was unsuccessful. Eric Ozawa, a college professor and birdwatcher, found the woman and called 911 . . .
He said he noticed a pair of legs sticking out along the path and initially thought it was somebody sleeping. As he got closer, he realized it was a woman lying face down . . .
“It’s shocking that it could happen in the park in broad daylight,” he said. “That someone could rape somebody in her 70s.”
And here’s something new on the story [via washingtonpost.com]
The woman told the New York Post in an interview published Thursday that the man also jumped on her back, pummeled her, grabbed her throat and threatened to cut her jugular when she screamed.
She said she feels jittery but is mostly enraged.
“Kill him. Cut off his penis. That’s fine,” she told the Post. “Cut off his feet, then hit him over the head. Then give him life in prison.”
Alternatively, if she’d been carrying a gun, she could have shot the sicko before the rape. (Legally speaking, as he attempted to rape her.) Which was not possible given New York City’s de facto ban on concealed carry.