QUEENS — Police have stepped up efforts to track down a suspect believed to have Tasered and sexually assaulted a Queens woman last week.
The NYPD released a sketch of the suspect in the Monday attack, and announced a $22,000 reward for information leading to his arrest over the weekend.
The 4:30 p.m. attack — in which the man Tasered the 69-year-old jogger, pushed her to the ground near Forest Park Drive and Myrtle Avenue, then sexually assaulted her — was the second time a woman had been targeted in the park this year.
On March 29, a similar attack occurred when a 23-year-old runner was grabbed from behind, shocked, and then sexually assaulted at 7:25 p.m. on a Friday, police said.
Police do not know if the man sought for the most recent crime is connected to the earlier attack, but the sketch is of a male aged 30 to 40, 5-foot-9 or -10, with light brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a black T-shirt and sweatpants, the NYPD said.
Cops made an arrest in the March attack after a sketch was issued, only to release the suspect, who they said was not the right person. Police patrols had been stepped up in the park in response to the assault.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or to log onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.