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He was also charged with threatening a man with a knife last month in the same area of the park.

He told the man, according to investigators: “I have no problem stabbing you as many times as I want and making this circle full of blood.”

Mitchell was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree rape, robbery, assault and other charges, and ordered held without bail. A call to his attorney at arraignment was not returned. Mitchell said nothing as he was led from the special victims unit to face charges in court Friday, but he spat at reporters gathered there.

Saretta Mitchell said she’s not surprised by the latest accusation, but neither she nor his brothers want to talk about Mitchell.

“We want something to be done so he doesn’t hurt anyone else,” she said, “but he’s done enough damage to the family already.”


Smith reported from Morgantown, W.Va. Szkotak reported from Richmond, Va. Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Tom Hays and Kiley Armstrong in New York contributed to this report.