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A 21-year-old woman was dragged off of a park bench and raped by a Level III s*x offender in a popular New York City park early Saturday morning, police said. Jonathan Stewart, 25, who was released from prison last year, allegedly took a seat beside the woman in Hudson River Park around 5:15AM before abruptly attacking her. The victim told police Stewart attempted to start a conversation with her before striking her in the face. After striking her, he attempted to strangle her and dragged her into some nearby bushes to rape her.
“This is a true victim,” a police source told reporters. ”She is a really good girl. She was just in the park, enjoying the scene.” After breaking free from her attacker, the young woman found a city parks police officer who notified other officers in the area. Shortly after the incident was reported, NYPD officers recognized Stewart nearby.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was reported to be in stable condition. Stewart was also sent to a local hospital following his arrest. Stewart, who was homeless at the time of Saturday’s attack, was released from prison last year after serving seven years for robbing and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He had been on parole until July. The violent s****l attack is the second this month within the city’s parks.