Wednesday, April 3, 2013

UPDATE: Convicted Murderer Arrested In Forest Park Jogger Taser Attack


Last night police arrested a man who allegedly tasered, robbed and attempted to sexually assault a 23-year-old while she jogged in Forest Park Friday night.  He was arrested the day before for another sexual attack.


By Geoffrey Croft

Richard Kassebaum,  42,  a convicted killer from Howard Beach has been charged with attempted predatory sexual assault,  attempted rape and sex abuse in Friday's Forest Park attack and robbery. 

Police now say Kassebaum was arrested the day before in another sexual attack, this time on a 40-year-old woman, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Authorities say two days after the Forest Park incident Kassebaum attacked another woman, this time in broad daylight. 

He put the woman in a choke hold and grabbed her buttocks.  She fought back and he escaped on foot. The incident occurred on March 31st, at 4:45pm at 86-20 Woodhaven Blvd. 

Sources say he was caught on video in another part of the park and recognized.  He was re-arrested in connection with the Forest Park incident.   

He was picked out of a police line-up. 

In 1990 Kassebaum pleaded guilty to killing his aunt.

Barbara Jacoutot, 49, was stabbed numerous times in the chest.  She was found in her bed in her Flushing home.

Police charged Richard Kassebaum, then a 19-year-old student at Francis Lewis High School in Flushing, with the gruesome killing.

He served 17 years in prison and was paroled in Feb. 2009 and remained on parole.

The 23-year-old victim was running on the horse trail inside the park around 7:30 p.m. when police say the suspect came out of the woods, tasered her in the neck and then pulled her into the bushes and attempted to rape her.  

She fought him off and he escaped on foot.  

There were two rapes in the park in 2011. 

Read More:

gothamist - April 3, 2013 - By John Del Signore

Man Arrested in Attempted Sex Assault, Taser of Woman in Forest Park
WNBC - April 2, 2013

New York Times - March 11, 1990  - By James C. McKinley Jr.  

A Walk In The Park - March 31, 2013

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