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Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused of Raping Elderly Woman in Central Park

By Aidan Gardiner | September 19, 2012 7:23pm

MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A grand jury voted Wednesday to indict the man accused of assaulting and raping a 73-year-old woman in Central Park last week.  

The indictment was announced in court Wednesday without the defendant, David Albert Mitchell, present, according to CBS New York.   

Prosecutors accused Mitchell, 42, of assaulting the woman just before noon on Sept. 12 in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park.

The victim had seen her attacker a week before, when she observed him masturbating in the area and snapped his picture, police have said.

On the day of the attack, police said he asked the victim, “You remember me?” before beating her, raping her and running off with her backpack and camera.

Mitchell has an extensive criminal record that includes an arrest in 1989 for allegedly raping and murdering an 84-year-old woman when he was only 18. He was later found not guilty. 

Mitchell's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 9, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.