Jonathan Stewart, Alleged Hudson Park Rapist, Blames Four Loko For Lack Of Memory

Alleged Rapist's Four Loko Defense

The homeless man arrested for raping a 21-year-old woman in Hudson River Park in September reportedly told police he can't remember committing any crime because he had consumed five Four Loko's before passing out.

Jonathan Stewart told arresting officers, "Did I do something wrong, because I don't remember because I had Four Lokos. I don't know what's going on. I just woke up."

The Daily News reports Stewart also told police he had spent the night partying with his cousin in a Lower East Side housing project, drinking Grey Goose Vodka and Four Lokos while smoking marijuana and K2.

He also said he had considered committing suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge because he had "been through so much."

Four Loko has an alcohol content of 12 percent and is known for its intoxicating effects. Four Loko's manufacturer was forced to remove the caffeine from its original recipe in anticipation of an imminent FDA crackdown.

In September, Stewart was arrested for raping and assaulting a woman who was sitting on a park bench early one morning.

He sat down next to the victim and attempted to strike a conversation, before he suddenly punched her in the face and dragged her into nearby bushes where he raped her.

Stewart, who has a history of sexual assault, was found hiding behind a nearby median. At his indictment earlier on Tuesday, prosecutor Alyssa Gunther said the District Attorney's office would not settle on anything less than 40 years in prison for the horrific rape.

As of late September, the number of rapes and attempted rapes in the city had increased by more than 4 percent.

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