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2 Guilty in Group Attack on Women

April 03, 2001|From Times wire services

Two men charged with being part of an unruly group in which members doused women with water and groped them in Central Park last year were convicted of riot and assault counts. A third defendant, charged with sex abuse, was acquitted.

Convicted were David Garcia, 33, and Abel Ortiz, 24. The jury acquitted Juan Miranda, 23.

The men were among 30 charged in connection with attacks on more than 50 women after the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

The three, who were captured on video by amateur photographers, were the only suspects tried. Of the rest, 16 pleaded guilty and 11 cases were dismissed.

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