“He was not charged in relation to the Forest Park incident,” said Kevin Ryan, spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s office.
It was around 9:25 p.m. on March 29 when the alleged attacker used a stun gun to debilitate a woman as she was jogging through the park. She was later taken to an area hospital for injuries sustained to her neck. A couple walking their dog distracted the assaulter who later fled from the scene.
While police detained Richard Kassebaum, 43, who was originally thought to have been the perpetrator, he was in fact tied to another sex assault on Sunday March 31 at a nearby laundromat on Woodhaven Boulevard and 86th Street at 4:45 a.m.
The Queens D.A. later confirmed that prosecution against Kassebaum has been deferred for the Forest Park incident. However, “He is being charged with sexual abuse at the laundromat,” Ryan said.
The 102nd Precinct are still searching for a white male between the ages of 35 and 40, medium build and last seen wearing a gold hoop earing, navy blue sweatshirt, navy blue track pants with reddish/brown hair and facial hair over the weekend.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz said the attack should raise cognizance in the neighborhood.
“We have to make sure that everybody is aware that it’s happening and they have to use special precaution,” Koslowitz said. “Be aware of your surroundings.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit tips at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 24637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.