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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Md. man convicted of first-degree rape

A Prince George’s County jury convicted a Hyattsville man of raping a young woman in a Chillum park, State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said.

Luis Rivera, 30, was convicted on Tuesday of first-degree rape in connection with the November 2009 attack, authorities said.

A 25-year-old woman was walking through Chillum Community Park on her way to the West Hyattsville Metro station when Rivera walked past her and smiled, prosecutors said.

Seconds later, Rivera had his hands around her neck, authorities said. Rivera put a knife to the woman’s throat and forced her to some nearby bushes, where he raped her, prosecutors said.

Officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police worked with the state’s attorney’s office on the investigation, Alsobrooks said. She said DNA evidence was crucial in obtaining the conviction.

Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Maureen Lamasney on July 15.

By  |  11:18 AM ET, 05/12/2011

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