Police Link Taser Rape Suspect to 6 Sex Assaults in Forest Park
QUEENS — A man who police say attacked a 69-year-old woman in Forest Park with a stun gun last week and then raped her has been linked to five other sexual attacks in and around the park during the past several years, cops said Thursday.
Police, who also released a new sketch of the suspect, said in two most recent assaults the man used a stun gun. He also allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2011.
Last Monday, the man attacked a jogger around 4:30 p.m. near Forest Park Drive and Myrtle Avenue, cops said. He allegedly Tasered her, pushed her to the ground, and raped her.
On March 29, a similar attack occurred when a 23-year-old jogger was grabbed from behind, Tasered, and then sexually assaulted, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital for injuries sustained to her neck.
Cops said the suspect struck for the first time on March 25, 2011 when a 54-year-old woman was attacked while jogging in the park near Park Lane South at 9:15 a.m., cops said.
The suspect grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to pull her pants down, cops said. The woman fought back and the suspect fled on foot.
He struck again about five months later, police said. On September 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. he allegedly attacked a 13-year-old girl at the corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue, police said.
The man grabbed her, covered her mouth with his hand and threw her to the ground. He tried to remove the victim's shorts, but the woman fought him off and the suspect fled.
Then on Aug. 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. he attacked a 34-year-old woman at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South, cops said. The suspect approached her from behind, covered her mouth and fondled her. The victim screamed and the suspect fled on foot.
He also allegedly attacked a 40-year-old jogger on Nov. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. The woman who was running with her dog was approached by the suspect who touched her with his genitals, cops said. The suspect then fled on foot.
The department is offering a $22,000 reward in the case.
Cops described the suspect as a male aged 30 to 40, around 5-foot-9, with light brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black T-shirt and sweatpants.
Police patrols had been stepped up in the park in response to the most recent assault.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.