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WOMAN RAPED JOGGING NEAR MUSEUM

A jogger was the victim of an early morning rape in a quiet park near the Cloisters museum in upper Manhattan, police said Monday.

The 45-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was running at about 6 a.m. Sunday in Fort Tryon Park when a man grabbed her from behind and pressed a weapon against her neck, police said. The man then forced her to an area behind the Cloisters, raped her and fled.

The victim was treated in Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and released.

Joggers said they considered the area near the Cloisters -- a replica of a medieval monastery and a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- to be generally safe.

"You don't think of this park as that type of a place where you would have to be on your toes all the time," Derek Edwards, a Washington Heights resident who often runs in the park, told the New York Times.

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