Sex offender ‘dragged 21-year-old woman off a park bench and raped her in bushes’

A convicted high-level sex offender dragged a  21-year-old woman off a park bench and raped her in a popular New York City park  early on Saturday morning, according to police.

Jonathan Stewart, 25, a  registered Level III sex offender  released from prison last year, allegedly took a seat beside the woman in Hudson  River Park around 5.15am before abruptly attacking her.

His victim told police he first tried  starting a conversation with her then struck her in her face and attempted to  strangle her, moments before dragging her into some nearby bushes.

‘This is a true victim,’ a police  source  told the New York Daily  News. ‘She is a really good girl. She was just in  the park, enjoying the scene.’

After breaking free and sending Stewart  running, the young woman found a city parks police officer who notified other  officers in the area.

Not long afterwards, NYPD officers recognized  Stewart nearby.

The woman was taken to Beth Israel Hospital  and reported to be in a stable condition.

Scene: The victim was sitting along Hudson River Park on Saturday morning, pictured, when she said Stewart took a seat beside her before violently striking and grabbing her

Scene: The victim was sitting along Hudson River Park on  Saturday morning, pictured, when she said Stewart took a seat beside her before  violently striking and grabbing her 

Dragged off: The victim told police she was pulled off the bench and into some surrounding bushes where the man raped her

Dragged off: The victim told police she was pulled off  the bench and into some surrounding bushes where the man raped her

The Daily News reports that Stewart was also  sent to hospital after his arrest.

Stewart, who was homeless at the time of  Saturday’s attack, was released from prison last year after serving seven years  for robbing and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He had been on parole until  July.

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