NYC police arrest Central Park rape suspect
14th November 2021

New York City Police Department arrest Central Park rape suspect

Paulie Velez was wanted for an alleged rape near Central Park.

The New York City Police Department has arrested Paulie Velez, 25, who was wanted for the alleged rape of a 27-year-old woman Thursday.

Velez was charged with rape, robbery, strangulation, assault, sex abuse and criminal possession of stolen property, according to a New York Police Department spokesperson.

Images of a suspect the New York City Police Department released in the alleged rape Thursday of a 27-year-old woman in Central Park. 
(NYPD)

Police arrested Velez at 5 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect was wanted for a reported assault on Thursday at around 7:20 a.m. According to NYPD Inspector Michael King, the 27-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking near Swan Lake and Wollman Rink.

The New York City Police Department released this image of a suspect in the alleged rape Thursday of a 27-year-old woman in Central Park. 
(NYPD)

The victim was allegedly grabbed from behind, choked and briefly knocked unconscious. She woke up to cuts and bruises across her arm and chin.

The New York City Police Department released this image of a suspect in the alleged rape Thursday of a 27-year-old woman in Central Park. 
(NYPD)

A bystander in the park helped her call the police, and she later was admitted to Mount Sinai West hospital for treatment, ABC 7 reported. 

Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.

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