A RAPIST IS ON THE RUN
Cops: Forest Park Attacker Busy Since 2011
The suspect sought by police for raping a female jogger in Forest Park last month has been linked to five other sexual assault attempts in the area of the park dating back to more than two years ago, law enforcement sources announced last Thursday, Sept. 5.
Police released a revised sketch of the unidentified man who shocked a 69-year-old woman with a Taser gun and then raped her while she ran through Forest Park in the vicinity of Union Turnpike and 72nd Avenue at around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.
The victim was treated for her injuries at Queens Hospital Center.
Based on information obtained during its investigation, the NYPD announced that the perpetrator is believed to be part of a pattern of rapes and attempted sexual assaults on females in and around the park dating back to March 2011.
One of the five incidents, which occurred on Mar. 29 of this year, involved the attempted rape of a 23-year-old woman who was also attacked with a stun gun and sexually assaulted by the suspect, it was reported.
Persons who provide information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect are eligible to receive a reward of up to $22,000 from the NYPD and Crime Stoppers pending the arrest, indictment and conviction of the perpetrator.
The rapist is described by police as a clean-shaven, white male between 30 and 40 year of age with a thin build, standing between 5’9”- and 5’10”-tall with short, light brown hair. He was last seen following the Aug. 26 attack wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants.
Law enforcement sources said the first incident in the Forest Park pattern took place on the morning of Mar. 25, 2011 in the park in the vicinity of an apartment house on Park Lane South off Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens.
Reportedly, a 54-year-old woman was jogging through Forest Park when the perpetrator grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground. Authorities said the suspect covered the victim’s mouth with a gloved hand and tried to pull down her pants.
The woman, however, was able to fight off her attacker and caused the suspect to flee from the scene on foot, it was noted.
Nearly six months later, police said, the suspect tried to rape a 13- year-old girl in the vicinity of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill—close to the Buddy Memorial at Forest Park—at 10 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 7, 2011.
In that incident, law enforcement sources said, the man grabbed the girl, covered her mouth with his hand and threw her to the ground. The victim reportedly struggled with the suspect as he attempted to remove her pants, and he fled from the scene, authorities noted.
Less than a year later, the NYPD noted, the perpetrator molested a 34- year-old woman at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South at 1 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2012.
Two months later, he reportedly attacked a 40-year-old woman in a similar fashion in the vicinity of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue at 10 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2012.
In that incident, police sources stated, he approached the victim— who was jogging with her dog through the area—exposed himself and touched her with his genitals.
Regarding the Mar. 29 rape, authorities stated the 23-year-old female jogger was running through Forest Park at about 7:25 p.m. when the attacker approached her from behind and struck her with a stun gun.
After knocking her down, it was reported, the suspect sexually assaulted the jogger, then fled from the scene. The victim was later treated at a local hospital for injuries to her neck.
Each of the incidents were reported to the 102nd Precinct. The NYPD Queens Special Victims Squad is conducting the investigation, with Det. Salvatore Molino assigned to the case.
Anyone with any information regarding the incidents or the suspect’s whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call Detective Molino at 1-718-520-9277, NYPD Detective Borough Queens North at 1-718-520- 9200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 577-TIPS.
Members of the public may also send information about the case to Crime Stoppers via text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
All calls and messages will be kept confidential.
Persons who see a suspicious person or crime in progress should call 911 immediately.