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Crime New York Prospect Park rape case cracked after more than two decades

18:26  10 january  2018
18:26  10 january  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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The man who raped a New York City woman more than two decades ago while she was walking home through a park with her groceries has finally The high-profile case was the center of a libel suit against the New York Daily News, which published a column calling the victim's account a "lie" and a

The man who raped a New York City woman more than two decades ago while she was walking home through a park with her groceries has finally 29, 2016 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision shows James Edward Webb, a serial rapist

a path with trees on the side of a road: Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. © Provided by Fox News Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The man who raped a New York City woman more than two decades ago while she was walking home through a park with her groceries has finally been identified, bringing an “amazing” end to a longtime cold case, her lawyer said.

Police sources told the New York Post on Tuesday that James Edward Webb, a 68-year-old serial rapist who is currently serving the rest of his life behind bars at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, was behind the April 1994 attack.

New technology allowed investigators to link Webb to the rape through a DNA match with material collected at the scene, the sources said.

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The case of a 1994 rape in New York City borough Brooklyn's Prospect Park has finally been cracked , detectives said Tuesday, more than two decades after a newspaper columnist called the woman's claim a hoax. Police recently informed the victim that DNA collected after the attack on her

The case raised fears in New York City in 1994, when a woman was raped at 5:30 p.m. in Prospect Park while carrying groceries home. With the mystery presumptively solved, the outcome offers no real practical resolution: The attack, on April 26, 1994, occurred more than a decade before New

The woman had told police she was walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn with her groceries when her attacker, carrying a large stick or cane, raped her next to a tree and demanded cash.

The high-profile case was the center of a libel suit against the New York Daily News, which published a column calling the victim's account a "lie" and a "hoax." The paper and its columnist, the late Mike McAlary, were cleared in 1997.

“Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos dismissed the lawsuit after finding that [Mike] McAlary accurately reported what his police sources told him,” reads an article in the New York tabloid’s archives.

The woman on Monday learned that Webb was the attacker during a “very emotional” meeting with investigators who were working the case, and felt vindicated as a result, police sources told the New York Post.

It is not clear whether Webb – who is serving 75 years to life in Sing Sing – will be charged for the rape, but her lawyer Martin Garbus said it’s “amazing” that the case has finally been cracked.

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