Suspected East River Park Rapist Paul Niles Turns Himself in

Posted on: November 29th, 2015 at 8:28 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Suspected rapist Paul Niles

The man accused of raping and robbing a 26-year-old jogger in East River Park on Wednesday evening was arrested yesterday afternoon. Suspected rapist, 28-year-old Brooklyn resident Paul Niles, turned himself in  to police and faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree robbery, and third-degree identity theft.

Per the NYPD:

The victim was jogging in East River Park, in the vicinity of Cherry Street when the suspect, on a bicycle, approached her and motioned for her to be quiet. The victim turned around and started to run in the opposite direction when the suspect grabbed her hair, put his arm around her throat and pulled her into the amphitheater area where he raped her. The suspect fled the scene thereafter.

The woman also sustained bruises and scrapes, and was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center in stable condition.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: ABC News

The beginning of the end came after the not-so-smart Niles allegedly used the victim’s stolen credit card at a nearby bodega, where he was caught on surveillance camera. Tipsters apparently flooded the Crimestoppers hotline after the footage was made public by the NYPD.

To top it off, Niles was also charged with forcibly groping a 56-year-old woman three days earlier, not far from the East River bandshell. He fled on his bike after grabbing at her, police said.

Recent Stories

Levain Bakery to Open First Downtown Location on Lafayette Street Next Week

In a first, Levain Bakery is headed downtown. News that we first reported in March 2019. Now, more than a year after breaking the news, the sweets shops confirms that next Wednesday (February 26) is the opening date at 340 Lafayette Street (at Bleecker Street). Teaser signage in the window had promised this debut as […]

Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

Scarr’s Pizza is Planning a Second Location at a Midtown Food Hall

Out of nowhere, news that Scarr’s Pizza is expanding to include a second city location this spring. Eater had the scoop yesterday, citing the website of the architecture firm Le Whit, which lists the pizzeria as client. The new location is similarly small – 250 square-feet, but “reiterating the restaurant’s current branding” with its “retro […]

Talkin’ ’bout My Generation: Memories of Bill Graham and the Fillmore East

While working on our story about the new “Bill Graham and The Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, this reporter started collecting personal stories and memories of Graham’s legendary music venue, the Fillmore East. Located on Second Avenue and East 6th Street, the building began life in 1926 as The Commodore, […]

Chatham Square Library Closed for ‘Building Repairs’ Until Next Month

The Chatham Square Library is currently down for maintenance. The so-called “building repairs and improvements” are scheduled to last through February 29, with the library itself to reopen the following Monday (March 2). Until then, borrowers can return books and periodicals to the Seward Park branch just down East Broadway. The Chatham Square branch of […]