The man accused in the violent sexual attacks on women walking alone in South Buffalo pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to two counts of rape in the first degree and faces 35 years in prison when he is sentenced.
Timothy DiCenzo, 34, of Buffalo, admitted that on Nov. 3, 2015, he struck a woman on the head while she was walking near Hillery Park Elementary School at 11:45 a.m., dragged her into cover and then raped her.
He also pleaded guilty to the May 7, 2013, rape of a woman as she was walking near Southside Elementary School to catch a bus at about 10 p.m.
Both victims were in their 20s and prosecutors said DNA linked DiCenzo to both crimes.
DiCenzo gained further notoriety after he was brought to Buffalo Police Headquarters for questioning in November 2015 and, when briefly left alone in an interview room, he jumped from a third floor window onto the sidewalk below.
His injuries kept him from fleeing and he was briefly hospitalized. The jump also gave investigators an opportunity to collect samples of DiCenzo’s DNA from the sidewalk.
The case is being prosecuted by Roseanne E. Johnson, chief of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau, and Ryan D. Haggerty, who is also assigned to the bureau.
State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller committed to a term of 25 years on the first count and 10 years on the second, to run consecutively, followed by 20 years post-release supervision. Sentencing is scheduled for March 31.