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Suspect wanted for rape of jogger inside East River Park on LES identified

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(Paul Niles -- photo from Oct. 2015 arrest for endangering welfare of a child)

(Paul Niles — photo from Oct. 2015 arrest for endangering welfare of a child)

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — The NYPD has identified the man accused of raping a 26-year-old woman who was jogging on a foot path inside East River Park Wednesday evening.

Thanks to numerous Crime Stoppers tips, the suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Paul Niles who is described as being 5’9″ and weighing 200 pounds.

The incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim reached the band shell area of the park when the suspect attacked her and then raped her before fleeing on bike, according to the NYPD.

Police say he then took her cellphone and credit card, which he used at a nearby deli.

Police sources tell PIX11 that Niles was last arrested for masturbating in front of a school.

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Niles or in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.