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Police Arrest Homeless Man In Central Park Rape Case

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police have arrested a homeless man in connection with a rape in Central Park.

Omar Hoist, 32, was arrested inside Metropolitan Hospital on Tuesday after receiving a tip. He is charged with rape, strangulation and assault.

Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, police said a woman was walking on East 88 Street near 5th Avenue when she was approached by the suspect, who began talking to her as they walked toward Central Park.

The two entered the park near 100 Street, walked along a bike path and then sat on a bench, police said. That's when police said Hoist turned violent, dragging the woman into a grassy area and raping her.

She managed to get away and ran to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Police said the suspect told the victim his name was Omar.

The man was seen on surveillance video walking with the victim before the attack and then again alone after the attack, police said.

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