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Forest Park rape suspect still at large

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 2:33 pm

A 69-year-old woman who was jogging in Forest Park last Monday afternoon was attacked by a man with a stun gun and raped — the second such attack in the park this year — and police are vigorously searching for the man who assaulted her.

The attack happened around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 in a remote area of the park near Myrtle Avenue and Forest Park Drive. The woman was approached by the suspect who then tased her, pushed her to the ground, and raped her. The victim was treated and released from Queens Hospital Center. 

The suspect is described as a white man, 30 to 40 years ago, between 5 feet, 9 to 10 inches tall with light brown hair, clean-shaven and wearing a black T-shirt and black sweat pants.

The attack was similar to another assault that occurred in March when a man tasered another woman jogging in Forest Park along  a bridle path near the Jackie Robinson Parkway and Metropolitan Avenue. That suspect attempted to rape the woman, but failed when he was chased away from the scene by two other parkgoers.

Police have not linked the two attacks and the suspect from the first case has not yet been arrested. 

The two attacks have placed a spotlight on safety in the park. After the March attack, the 102nd Precinct received a beef-up in patrols, including officers on horseback riding through the park. The 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, dedicated two of his officers to park duty back in May to combat concerns about crime in the park.

During Labor Day weekend, police vehicles repeatedly patrolled the park along Forest Park Drive and camped out on the edges of the park on Park Lane South, Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.  

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