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Yonkers man indicted on rape, strangulation charges

Deshawn Manners, 33, of Yonkers, was indicted Wednesday

Deshawn Manners, 33, of Yonkers, was indicted Wednesday on rape and strangulation charges, the Westchester District Attorney's Office said. (Dec. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Westchester District Attorney's Office

A Yonkers man was indicted Wednesday on charges he raped and strangled a woman, officials said.

Deshawn Manners, 33, of 35 Cliff St., allegedly attacked a 53-year-old woman near Park Avenue in Yonkers in June while she was walking home. He choked her until she became unconscious, then ripped open her blouse and sexually assaulted her after she came to, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement.

The woman's cries for help alerted a nearby homeowner, who called 911. Police arrived in time to see Manners attacking the woman but he fled the scene before they could catch him, officials said.

A DNA sample matched Manners' existing profile, the release said, and he was arrested on Oct. 22 as he left the Westchester County Jail after serving a sentence for a prior conviction.

Manners faces one count of first-degree attempted rape, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree strangulation, all felonies.

He remains in custody at the county jail and is due back in court Jan. 22. He faces up to 15 years in state prison if convicted.

Legal representation for Manners was not immediately known Wednesday.

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