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Oct. 8, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Jonathan Wallace (DOB 05/26/80) of 3081 Webster Avenue, Bronx, New York, was convicted after a jury trial of:

  • one count of Attempted Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • one count of Rape in the Third Degree, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On April 29, 2012, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the defendant, a purported operator of a “gypsy” cab, picked up the victim in the area of East 241st in the Bronx.

Instead of taking the victim to her residence, he took her to the vicinity of South 14th Avenue and West 3rd Street in Mount Vernon and stopped the car.

The defendant then demanded money from the victim, claimed she was a prostitute and began to slap and then sexually assault her.  

The victim was finally able to flee, immediately reporting the assault to Mount Vernon Police and was treated at Mount Vernon Hospital.

The defendant’s identity was determined when his DNA profile, which was in CODIS, the national DNA index system, as a result of a previous felony conviction, was linked forensically to evidence in this case.

The defendant was subsequently arrested by the New York City Police on an unrelated gun charge.

Mount Vernon detectives questioned the defendant who was then arrested for the rape.

“Getting into a vehicle under the mistaken impression that it is a car service shouldn’t be the start of a frightening nightmare. Protestations to the contrary, this defendant had only one goal, to sexually assault his victim. Her immediate outcry and courage in coming forward to police ensured that her assailant was caught and now has been held accountable,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Sentencing will be on Jan. 7, 2013.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in state prison on the top count of the indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, is prosecuting the case.


Jonathan Wallace

Jonathan Wallace