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Mr. PEREZ

By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
August 01, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A convicted sex offender has been charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at Brooklawn Park this month.
Arrested Wednesday, Angel A. Perez Jr., 32, of New Bedford was held without bail following his arraignment Thursday in District Court.
Mr. Perez, a Level 2 sex offender, is charged with rape and failure to register as a sex offender. His last known address was a Phillips Road residence, but police said he had moved and did not notify them of his whereabouts.
Juvenile and sexual assault Detective Alberto Silva arrested Mr. Perez while he was visiting at his parent's house Wednesday evening, police said.
Mr. Perez was convicted in 1997 of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. He was registered as a Level 2 sex offender, having been deemed a moderate risk to reoffend.
When he was arrested, Mr. Perez also had eight outstanding warrants, mostly on larceny charges, court records said.
According to police, Mr. Perez raped a 16-year-old girl July 19 near the softball field at Brooklawn Park. He allegedly punched her in the face and threatened to kill her unless she did what he told her, Lt. Silva said.
Mr. Perez allegedly threatened to kill the victim while he raped her over the course of an hour, New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva said.
"If the allegations against Perez are true, and we have every reason to believe they are, he could only be accurately characterized as a cowardly weasel only fit for jail because there is nowhere else we can put him," Lt. Silva said.
Police said the victim was with a male companion when they encountered Mr. Perez at Brooklawn Park. Mr. Perez had been a longtime family friend of the victim's friend and was invited to hang out with them.
The victim told police she left the park, but Mr. Perez ran to her and told her that her friend had asked him to walk her home. He then told her to walk back to the park with him because he had forgotten his wallet, police said.
When they returned to the park, police said Mr. Perez accosted the victim, punched her and raped her.
"Like the opportunistic parasitical predator that he is, he seized the opportunity to take advantage of her trust and steal her innocence," Lt. Silva said.
Following the attack, the girl managed to escape.
She ran into a car that had just driven into a nearby parking lot. The driver took the girl to a relative's house, where she called police.
"The victim's courage and tenacity prevented her from being further victimized and should serve as a role model for anybody else who find themselves in similar circumstances," Lt. Silva said.

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