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Suspect Sought in Forest Park Sexual Assault

Police seeking man in forcible touching incident.

Queens law enforcement seeking a suspect in connection with a forcible touching incident that occurred earlier this month in Forest Park.

According to police, a woman was approached in on Aug. 15 by the suspect, who pushed her to the ground and forcibly touched her.

The victim described her attacker as a white man between the ages of 25 and 35, between 5'8" and 6'0" tall with blonde hair.

He was wearing a black T-shirt with a black baseball cap and dark athletic shorts at the time of the incident.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect, attached at right.

Forest Park is located in the 102 Precinct, which borders Forest Hills to the south.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips at the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Rhea Gray August 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Once again, we are learning about a dangerous Forest Hills criminal more than a week after the fact. In the meantime, residents have been unknowingly at risk. Doesn't the 112 have ANY contacts in the media? Or do they hold out to try to keep their CommStat numbers down -- or just giving themselves a few days, hoping the news will be "we caught him" rather than "Once again, we didn't catch him?" Doesn't the local press check the blotter on a daily basis? If not, why not? It's a constant source of conversation in the neigbhorhood that the 112, while great on emergencies, is extremely slow to respond to or take reports on small or medium crimes. Once in recent years I called to say a man was following me down the street yelling awful things about my baby, and they took more than 45 minutes to respond.
Debra August 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Rhea, I'm with you on the reporting of these incidents many days after the fact. How many people are put in jeopardy because of it, continuing the walk through the park unknowingly as potential victims? I would also like to know the exact vicinity in Forest Park where this happened and at what time of day it occured. Forest Park is huge stretching from Woodhaven, through Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and into Glendale. It is important for us to know exactly where this happened. I realize that this person is on the move and may strike anywhere within the park, but it's still important to know. The police do not respond so quickly as they should because my opinion is that they do not want to do the paperwork and each time they answer our calls, it has to be documented thereby listing them as incidents and the mayor doesn't want to add to the list of crimes committed. We as the public have a right to have our calls answered and reported on. Put police back on the beat outside of their cars and you will see crime & potential crimes diminish drastly. They have it too sweet being in air conditioned cars, parked somewhere. I see my neighborhood of Richmond Hill change dramatically in the last 4-5 years. It has become a ghetto, litter on the streets and people not respecting their neighbors. the police do not respond to noise complaints. But if they did, it would create respect for the law again.
Max Nocerino August 25, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Wow Forest Hills is quickly becoming Predator huntig grounds. We need to crack down on this. This is one of the best neighborhoods in the city and it's going to pot.
d4s August 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I agree... the neighborhood is definitely changing... eg. last night (aqrounf 2:50AM) there was a man walking down 67th Ave. (between Austin & Booth), 'w/ a reluctant-woman in toe', who was violently shouting obsenities and threats... About an hour later there was a loud boom-sound followed by what sounded like gunshots (w/ flashes of light outside)... I called 911 to report all of this, and no one ever seemed to even patrol the area to investigate the goings-on!


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