Man Arrested in Rape Along the Hudson River

A young woman was raped in Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, and shortly afterward the police arrested a convicted sex offender in the crime.

The police identified the man as Jonathan Stewart, 25, and said he has been charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sex abuse, assault and forcible touching.

The assault took place just after 5 a.m. near the intersection of West Street and Harrison Place, inside the park, the police said.

A 21-year-old woman told officers that while she was sitting on a bench in the park, a man approached her and tried to start a conversation.

Shortly after that, the police said, the man struck the woman in the face, tried to strangle her and dragged her to a stand of bushes, where he sexually assaulted her. The woman broke free and as the man fled, she told a parks department officer what had happened. New York Police Department officers who heard a description broadcast by the parks department officer then arrested Mr. Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was convicted in 2004 of robbery, attempted robbery and sexual abuse. He was in prison until August 2011 and was on parole until July.

The woman was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition, the police said.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: September 23, 2012

An earlier version of this article contained an incorrect byline. The writer was Colin Moynihan, not John Harney.

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