Thursday, July 21, 2011

Forest Park Rapist Sentenced Up To 32 Years

 Carl Wallace
On July 15th, Carl Wallace, 30, (above) was sentenced to serve between 28 1/2 and 32 years in prison after being convicted last month of raping and robbing a 29-year-old woman in Forest Park on September 24, 2009. The attack occurred around 3:20 a.m. on the morning. The victim was reportedly dragged at knife-point to a wooded area inside the park near the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South. Wallace allegedly raped and threatened to stab the woman if she screamed. After the attack he robbed her, stealing cash, an iPod and identification from the victim’s bag before fleeing. He was arrested on October 28th.


A Queens judge ordered a Brooklyn man to serve up to 32 years behind bars after being convicted last month of raping and robbing a woman in Forest Park inSeptember 2009, it was announced.

Carl Wallace, 30, of Hawthorne Street was sentenced last Friday, July 15, by Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter to serve between 28 1/2 and 32 years in prison. He was found guilty on June 21 on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful imprisonment for attacking the woman during an early morning in September 2009, according to the Times Newsweekly.

Wallace was arrested four months following the sexual assault after genetic evidence recovered from the rape victim matched his DNA, which he provided to the state databank following his conviction on attempted burglary charges in 2003.

“This defendant is a violent predator who poses a serious threat to public safety, and as such, the sentenced imposed by the court is more than warranted,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “The fact that [Wallace] was required to submit a sample to the DNA data- bank following a 2003 attempted burglary conviction, and thus was swiftly identified as the perpetrator in this case, once again underscores its effectiveness as a tool of law enforcement.”

Reportedly, the attack occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 24, 2009 in the vicinity of Park Lane South and 91st Street.

Crime Scene. The rape of a 29-year-old student teacher was the third sexual attack in Forest Park since the start of summer, according to The Forum. Earlier this year two women were attacked on the same day, in different locations in Forest Park. Back in June, a young attacker raped one woman less than two hours after having tried to rip off the clothes of another woman who was at the park exercising. (Photo: The Forum)

According to testimony provided during trial, the female victim was walking through the area when Wallace approached her from behind and wrapped his arms around her.

Threatening to stab her if she tried to scream, police noted, he dragged her into nearby Forest Park and behind a number of trees. After ordering her to be quiet and repeating his threat to stab her if she made a sound, it was reported, he raped the woman.

Following the attack, authorities said, Wallace removed cash, an iPod and the victim’s identification from her pocketbook, then fled from the scene.

The incident was later reported to the 102nd Precinct. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and a rape kit was prepared. As noted, genetic evidence recovered through the rape kit was found to match Wallace’s DNA.

“At present, DNA is collected upon conviction for all felonies and a limited group of only 36 misdemeanors,” Brown added. “The law must be expanded to allow DNA samples to be taken for all convictions so that justice can truly be served to the fullest.”

Assistant District Attorney Frank P. DeGaetano, a supervisor in the D.A.’s Special Victims Bureau, prosecuted the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Marjory D. Fisher, bureau chief, and Kenneth M. Appelbaum and Lucinda C. Suarez, deputy bureau chiefs.

Read More:

Convicted Attacker Sent To Slammer
Times Newsweekly - July 21, 2011 - by Robert Pozarycki

Woman Raped in Forest Park
The Forum - October 1, 2009 - By Patricia Adams

New York Post - September 24, 2009 - By John Doyle

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