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Suspect in Hillery Park rape waives right to felony hearing

Timothy DiCenzo, accused of raping a woman in a South Buffalo park early this month, appeared in Buffalo City Court late Friday morning and waived his right to a felony hearing.

The slightly built DiCenzo stood hunch-shouldered and subdued before City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres, with bruises on his face clearly visible in front of the receding hairline on his close-shaved head. He is still recovering from injuries suffered after jumping out a third-floor window at Buffalo Police Headquarters Nov. 10 and landing on a sidewalk.

DiCenzo, 33, of Buffalo, faces two felony charges in connection with a daylight rape in Hillery Park on Nov. 3. Police said a DNA sample from DiCenzo matched evidence taken from the rape victim, who was walking alone when she was struck from behind with a weapon, pulled into a wooded area and raped.

The case now heads to the District Attorney’s Office.

South District officers apprehended DiCenzo at South Park and Lockwood avenues on Nov. 10. He originally was taken to police headquarters for questioning in a 2014 sexual incident involving forcible touching and harassment. When Sex Offense Squad detectives asked him about the more recent rape, he requested an attorney and was briefly left alone in the interview room. He used the opportunity to forced open a special lock on a window and jumped out, collapsing on the sidewalk along Franklin Street. He suffered injuries to his face and lower body and was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

He was released to the Erie County Holding Center in time for Friday’s hearing,

Defense attorney Robert Cutting said that while he is aware that police are investigating his client’s possible connection to other crimes, no further charges have yet been filed or discussed.