Police Arrest Man in Stun Gun Sex Assault in Forest Park

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on April 3, 2013 4:21pm 

QUEENS — Police have arrested a Queens man they say shocked a female jogger with a stun gun before sexually assaulting her in Forest Park last week.

The arrest on Tuesday of Richard Kassebaum, 42, of Lindenwood, Queens, came four days after the March 29 attack, which occurred in the park about 7:25 p.m., authorities said.

Police arrested Kassebaum on charges of attempted predatory sexual assault, attempted rape and sex abuse, authorities said.

The 23-year-old victim, whose name has not been released by the police, was out for a run inside the park when the man grabbed her from behind, shocked her with a stun gun and sexually assaulted her, cops said.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for neck injuries, according to police.

“This was very scary because he had a stun gun,” said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn distributed flyers Tuesday about an upcoming free self-defense class for women in the area. The class will be held on April 16 at Queens Borough Hall.

“Luckily there were two people at the park coming,” Koslowitz said. “They scared him and he ran away.”

Koslowitz added that women should remain cautious.

“They have to be aware of what’s going on,” she said.

The self-defense class will be held on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall at 120-55 Queens Boulevard. For more information, call (212) 788-5613.

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