Police Receive Dozens of Tips About Forest Park Taser Rapist
QUEENS — The NYPD has received more than 90 leads regarding a man who police say has attacked six women in Forest Park during the past two years and investigators are confident that they will make an arrest, officials said Tuesday.
The suspect remains at large, but officer Jose Severino of the 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Unit said at a Community Board 9 meeting Tuesday night that “it’s just a matter of time when we get this guy.”
A number of tips have come from local residents and park goers calling to report things they found suspicious, Severino said.
The most recent attack occurred on Aug. 26, when the suspect Tasered and raped a 69-year-old woman jogging in the park. He also used a Taser in his previous attack on March 29, before sexually assaulting a 23-year-old female jogger.
According to police, he also sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2011.
Severino did not disclose details about the tips.
But sources said that in October police questioned a man who was stopped after a park goer called the police saying he looked like the rapist on the flyer. His DNA did not match samples taken from crime scenes in the park.
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.