Man, 20, Accused of Choking, Raping Woman in East Oak Cliff Park Near String of Other Assaults

A 20-year-old man who told police he frequents prostitutes but doesn't always pay them is accused of choking and then raping a woman at an east Oak Cliff park. The rape occurred in an area where there has been a string of possible sexual assaults and beatings since November. A woman, 46-year-old Ann Marie Gilder, was badly beaten in the neighborhood in October. She died in November. Police did not say whether they believe Israel Jones is connected to those cases. Jones is accused of raping a woman in Glendale Park on Jan. 16, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. He denied raping the woman, police records show, but did know details of a sexual assault that occurred weeks earlier. He faces two counts of aggravated sexual assault and remains in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.The woman was walking to the rail station around 10 p.m. Jan. 16 on East Ledbetter Drive when she met Jones and a juvenile. They asked her if she wanted to smoke marijuana with them, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Jones and the teenager went into a house on 56th Street, but only Jones came out to meet the woman. They walked to Glendale Park, the warrant says. The woman later told police that Jones asked her if she wanted to have sex. She told him no. He then asked if he could pay her to have sex. She again declined. She told police that Jones then started to punch and choke her until she passed out, the warrant says.   Continue reading...

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