David Albert Mitchell
An ex-convict drifter pleaded guilty Tuesday to attacking a 74-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park, in a case that prompted calls for tougher penalties for sex offenders.
The man accused of raping a woman in Central Park has pleaded not guilty.
The woman, 31, told police she fell asleep on a park bench around 10 p.m. Friday and woke up to find someone trying to rape her.
The 42-year-old has been jailed since his arrest last week on rape and other charges.
Authorities said David Mitchell has been in and out of prison since he was 18. He was arrested twice on charges of raping elderly women, suspected but not charged in the slaying of one female neighbor and acquitted of killing another.
New York Public Advocate Calls On NYPD, Parks Department To Step Up Security Following Central Park Rape
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said that he wants to know why the NYPD and the Parks Department did not respond to a preceding incident involving the suspect in Wednesday’s rape of a 73-year-old woman.