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Man arrested for attempted rape

Military vet saved victim from attacker in Whitestone; sex crimes on the rise

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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 2:05 pm, Thu Oct 13, 2011.

The search has ended for the man who allegedly attempted to rape a woman in Whitestone on the morning of Sept. 28.

Kenneth King, 41, who lives in an apartment on 201st Street in Flushing, was arrested Friday, two days after the incident.

µing has been charged with first-degree coercion and attempted sexual abuse, and second-degree attempted kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, the District Attorney’s Office said.

It is alleged that King attempted to rape the 33-year-old victim in the vicinity of 148th Street and the Cross Island Parkway.

The woman was saved by former Marine Bryan Teichman of Fresh Meadows, who came to her rescue after hearing her scream.

King allegedly took the victim down from behind, threw her to the ground and attempted to assault her before Teichman intervened.

Teichman and the woman identified the suspect as clean-cut, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds and in his late 40s to early 50s. He was wearing denim shorts with a red T-shirt.

Police released a sketch of the perpetrator and received a major boost in the search from residents in Whitestone and surrounding neighborhoods.

“There has been a huge commnunity response to the sketch,” said 109th Precinct Community Council President Chrissy Voskerichian. “There have been a lot of calls with all kinds of information for police.”

Voskerichian praised Teichman for his efforts in assisting the victim and doing a good deed for others to follow.

“One guy saw something and did something,” she said. “And it saved a person’s life.”

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said, “If it were not for Teichman’s bravery, that woman would have been assaulted. We need this kind of initiative from our residents all the time.”

He added that informing the community of such events is crucial to public safety.

Though crime rates in the area have decreased over the past year, according to the NYPD, robbery and felony assault have risen in the 109th Precinct, which encompasses downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace.

Twelve rapes had been reported in the precinct this year through Sept. 25, the same number as up until that point last year.

There have been six murders in the precinct so far this year, up from five last year to date, and 170 felony assaults, 5 percent more than last year’s 161.

In all of Queens, rape cases have increased by 13.7 percent this past year, causing rising concern among many for the safety of women.

Citywide, rape has increased 10.3 percent this year and a staggering 61.9 percent for the week ending Sept. 25, compared to the same week last year.

Halloran noted that police and the community council board hold events such as the annual Night Out Against Crime to educate residents on public safety.

“We all have to be vigilant,” Voskerichian said. “The police cannot be everywhere 24 hours a day, seven days week.”

She urges residents to report anything suspicious they see within the community by calling 911.

“All the community has to do is report anything out of the ordinary,” she said.

Halloran says the city will honor Teichman for his bravery by presenting him with a citation. The good Samaritan will also meet with officials from the 109th Precinct and the community council.

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