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Man accused of raping and strangling woman before returning in clown makeup

A man who allegedly broke into a woman's home and strangled and raped her returned to the property days later wearing terrifying clown makeup, prosecutors have claimed.

Joseph T. Johnson, 33, is accused of breaking into a woman's home in Wyandanch, New York, where he raped and strangled her before stealing money as he left.

The woman installed surveillance cameras in and around her home after the attack but two days later, she was alerted to the fact the devices had been turned off.

Suffolk County District Attorney, Timothy Sini, said the cameras were found to have been damaged or turned away from the home.

A recording unit inside the house had also been cut but footage before the cameras were damaged allegedly showed Johnson in clown paint at the address.

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The attack was allegedly part of a wild crime spree which began on September 19 with Johnson breaking into several parked cars at Wyandanch train station between 1am and 3am.

Later that day, he broke into and attacked the woman before returning two days later on September 21.

Authorities have claimed Johnson's DNA confirmed he had been inside the house.

Mr Sini described the case as "extremely disturbing" and claimed Johnson is a "dangerous individual" who is "now off the streets."

He said: "This is an extremely disturbing case.

"As alleged in the indictment, this defendant went on a crime spree that escalated from breaking car windows to breaking into the victim's home twice in the span of 72 hours, raping and repeatedly strangling the victim while threatening her life.

"This is a dangerous individual and a convicted sex offender who is now off our streets thanks to the excellent work of the Suffolk County Police Department and Assistant District Attorney Ferron Lien."

Johnson has been charged with 13 counts, including rape, strangulation, and multiple burglary counts, and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Justice Chris Ann Kelley, acting Suffolk County Supreme Court justice, set bail at $500,000 cash, $1 million bond, or $5 million partially-secured bond.

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