The man accused of raping a 24-year-old woman at NYU's Catholic Center in October says he hopes the young missionary "doesn't lose her faith in God," police sources tell the Daily News. He has also reportedly admitted to the crime.

Michael Johnson, a 30-year-old homeless man with a lengthy record for robbery and assault, was accused for the October 31st rape this week after investigators matched his DNA to a fedora left behind at the scene. Johnson was already behind bars at Rikers Island on unrelated robbery charges; the NY Post reports he has since confessed to the crime, telling investigators he was high and drunk at the time, and had intended merely to rob the victim.

And according to a Daily News source, when Johnson was informed about his alleged victim's occupation, "He felt remorse when he found out she was a missionary, and he said he hopes she doesn’t lose faith in God." Officials say the young woman prayed the Hail Mary during the attack, in which Johnson allegedly shoved her into the building while she was unlocking it, ripped off her clothes and raped her. He also allegedly stole her tote bag before fleeing the scene.