A man convicted of assaulting a Washington Heights mother while she was jogging with her baby in a stroller in September has been sentenced to 6 months in prison.
Oscar Ruiz, a 35-year-old homeless man, pleaded guilty to attacking Mary Jane Jarman, 33, while she was jogging with her 8-month-old son in Fort Tryon Park on the morning of September 27th. Jarman told officers Ruiz jumped out at her while wielding a broken bottle and grabbed her; she escaped by beating him with a bicycle pump, and Ruiz was arrested in Englewood, NJ last month. "I was protecting [my baby] for sure. I was not going to go down like that," Jarman told ABC of the attack. "I was protecting him with my life. I was prepared to kill this man."
Though initial reports suggested Ruiz was trying to sexually assault Jarman, prosecutors said they were unable to find enough evidence to leverage an attempted rape charge against him. In interviews with the victim we found that it would be difficult to prove intent beyond a reasonable doubt," prosecutors said at his sentencing today. DNAinfo reports that Ruiz, who was in custody from October 6th until November 14th, has been sentenced to 6 months in jail.