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Police ID person of interest in Central Park rape

central park rape suspect omar hoist Omar Hoist is wanted in the rape of a woman in Central Park last weekend.
Credit: NYPD

Police are asking for the public's help in finding a person of interest in connection with the rape of a woman in Central Parklast weekend.

Police want to talk to 32-year-old Omar Hoist about the attack, according to the NYPD.

The woman met the suspect about 3:30 a.m. Sunday near 88th Street and Fifth Avenue, police said. The pair walked together toward the park.

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They later sat on a bench inside the park when Hoist suddenly turned violent. He dragged her to a grassy area and raped her, police said.

The suspect was last seen wearing a red hat, black leather jacket and blue jeans. He told the woman that his name is Omar, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

 
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