A drifter pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a bird watcher and groping of two others in Central Park.
David Mitchell, 42, was arraigned on a grand jury indictment that charged him with rape, robbery, assault, weapon possession, forcible touching, and other charges.
Prosecutors said that Mitchell attacked the 73-year-old bird watcher near Strawberry Fields on September 12, about a week after she had photographed him masturbating in public.
The indictment also alleges that Mitchell accosted and groped two other women in the park.
From the New York County D.A.:
Riders should anticipate cancellations and delays on the Long Island Rail Road for the Tuesday evening rush. The railroad has canceled 21 trains that normally leave Penn Station between 3:27 and 7:01 p.m.