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

18:26  10 january  2018
18:26  10 january  2018 Source:   FOX News

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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 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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Detectives used new technology to match rape kit with perpetrator 23 years after a New York Daily News columnist said the woman invented the attack story. The woman was walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn when she was attacked.

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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