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Suspect Sought In Rape Of OWS Protester Turns Himself In To Authorities

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A suspect sought by the NYPD after being accused of raping a woman he met at an Occupy Wall Street protest has been arrested, authorities said. He also faces charges of raping a young teen in August.

Police said 44-year-old Jackie Barcliff forced the 56-year-old woman to accompany him to the elevated level of the new Pier 15 overlooking the East River in lower Manhattan early Monday morning before raping her.

Authorities said after the rape, Barcliff threw the woman over the second-story railing to the ground below, causing her pelvis to break.

The victim was in Manhattan to participate in Occupy commemoration protests. Police said she recognized the suspect at other OWS gatherings.

On Friday night, the NYPD said Barcliff, who is homeless, was charged with attempted murder, rape and criminal sex act.

In addition, Barcliff has also been charged with the Aug. 12 rape of a 14-year-old girl in Midtown. Authorities said Barcliff offered the victim a place to stay for the night and during the night, raped her.

Barcliff was arrested for assault and resisting arrest last December at Liberty Plaza, one of the Occupy protest sites. Police said he has frequented other Occupy protests in the past.

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