Saturday, May 21, 1977

Woman, 24, Raped in Central Park

A 24-year-old woman who was out for a walk with a male friend and her 5-year-old son last night in Central Park was raped by two men impersonating plainclothes police officers, the police reported.

The two assailants were both described as black men between 30 and 34 years old, around 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds and wearing Afro hair styles.

“This sort of crime occurs frequently,” the police spokesman said. “We may not get the reports, but when someone shows a shield, it’s an easy way to get the drop on someone.”

He said that people are often deceived in police impersonation incidents. “That’s why we tell people to also ask for an identification card,” he said.

“And just because they had revolvers doesn’t mean much,” he said. “You can get revolvers anywhere. Handcuffs and shields don’t mean much either - you can get them on 42nd Street.”

The police spokesman added that investigators felt sure the assailants were not police officers because “no real police officer about to rape someone is going to reveal his true identity while he knows we have his picture here on file.”

Excerpt from May 21 77 NYT

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