Woman Sexually Assaulted in Central Park, Fights Off Attacker

By Tom Liddy on August 6, 2011 10:06am 

Cops investigate the scene of a sexual assault in Central Park, near 66th Street and Tavern on the Green on Aug. 5, 2011.
Cops investigate the scene of a sexual assault in Central Park, near 66th Street and Tavern on the Green on Aug. 5, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — A woman was sexually assaulted in Central Park Friday night, but bravely fought off her attacker, sources said.

Investigators are now trying to determine whether the attack is connected to a pattern of 10 incidents, largely on the Upper East Side, that began in January.

In this case, the 28-year-old victim was walking on a path near West Drive and 66th Street around 10:15 p.m. when she was approached from behind, the sources said.

The suspect, described only as a Hispanic man in his 20s, engaged her in conversation before sexually assaulting her.

However, the victim fought off the man, punching and kicking him and poking him in the eye. 

The suspect fled east-bound on the path and the victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

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