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Man charged with raping 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park

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Updated: September 14, 2012 5:24PM

NEW YORK — A man with a history of violence has been arraigned on charges he retaliated against a 73-year-old birdwatcher who took a compromising photo of him by raping her in Central Park.

David Albert Mitchell was arraigned early Friday on charges of first-degree rape, robbery, assault and other offenses. He’s being held without bail.

The birdwatcher told police she was attacked at around 11 a.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near Strawberry Fields, a spot that serves as a memorial to John Lennon.

She said she thought her assailant was a man she photographed fondling himself about nine days ago in the park. She said he demanded she delete the image and tried to grab her camera but didn’t succeed.

Three rookie police officers took Mitchell into custody on Wednesday night.

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