Suspect Indicted for Central Park Rape Attempt; Same Man Arrested for Separate Incident Days Later

Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg has announced the indictment of Jermaine Longmire, 43, for attempting to rape a woman in Central Park last month.

The attack occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24 when a 21-year-old-woman was sunbathing in the Great Hills section of Central Park located at West Drive and West 104th Street.

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While the woman was sunbathing, Longmire approached her and exposed himself. She screamed and got up to run, at which point Longmire tackled her from behind. The victim fought him off and he ran off down West Drive.

The incident led to a massive police hunt throughout Central Park involving multiple agencies and NYPD-issued drones. A composite sketch of the suspect was released to the public several days later.

NYPD authorities tell ILTUWS that Longmire was arrested for the incident on July 3 at 1:45 p.m.

As ILTUWS reported, Longmire was arrested on June 27 on charges of forcible touching stemming from a separate incident in which he victimized a 27-year-old woman standing on a southbound A train platform. Public records additionally show March 4, 2024 and June 15, 2023 arrests for forcible touching and sexual abuse, not to mention an April 19, 2024 arrest for bail jumping.

Surveillance photos from the June 27 incident on the A train platform.

Longmire appears to have been the subject of a 2017 article by Ocala.com entitled “Psych hospital patient accused of sex assault,” as the Florida-based publication states he was 36 at the time of that incident.

Prosecutors say Longmire has a history of sex assaults in at least four states, the NY Post reports, “including at least two New York cases that were tossed after psych exams.” According to the outlet, the judge presiding over this case has ordered another psychiatric evaluation.

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For the incident in Central Park, Longmire is facing charges of Attempted Rape in the First Degree (a class C felony) and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (a class D felony).

“As alleged, Jermaine Longmire attempted to rape a woman in Central Park while she was sunbathing last month. Our parks should be a place where New Yorkers can relax without fearing for their safety, and this alleged conduct will not be tolerated,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Our Special Victims Division has the resources to both hold offenders accountable and support survivors as they heal; please call us at 212-335-9373.”

According to police records, Longmire lives in a NYCHA building on West 104th Street between Columbus and Manhattan avenues.


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