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Mar. 12, 2013 --Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Deshawn Manners (DOB 09/07/79) of 35 Cliff Street, Yonkers, New York, pled guilty to the top count of the indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Attempted Rape in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony.

On June 18, 2012 at approximately 3:00 am, the defendant followed the 53 year old victim for several blocks from Getty Square to Park Avenue as she walked in the direction of her home.

The defendant then attacked the woman from behind, choking her until she became unconscious.

When the victim came to, the defendant ripped her blouse open and sexually assaulted her.

The woman’s cries for help alerted a nearby homeowner who called 9-1-1.

Police arrived quickly and saw the defendant attacking the woman but he fled on foot and was not apprehended.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and police began an investigation.

A DNA sample collected as part of the investigation was entered into CODIS, the national Combined DNA Index System and a match was made to this defendant’s existing profile.

The defendant was arrested on October 22nd, 2012 as he left the Westchester County Jail after serving a sentence for a prior conviction.

“DNA and solid detective work by the Yonkers police department came together to identify and apprehend this defendant. The violent nature and relentlessness of the attack on this victim and his actions in repeatedly chasing her down as she tried to escape, is every woman’s nightmare,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant plead guilty.

Sentencing will be on May 7th, 2013.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Fredric Green, Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, prosecuted the case.



Deshawn Manners

Deshawn Manners


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