“I am thrilled that the police have been able to arrest this individual and that this person will not be terrorizing anymore,” said Heidi Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council.
According to police, the man who was arrested, Richard Kassebaum, 43, was convicted of manslaughter for killing his aunt more than 20 years ago in Flushing. He has been on parole for the 1990 murder since 2009.
It was around 9:30 p.m. 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.
The 102nd Precinct was on the hunt 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.
Kassebaum was arrested on attempted predatory sexual assault, attempted rape and sexual abuse.
Chain thanked Police for their hard work.
“As we approaching nice weather, everyone can enjoy the park and also walking in the community without this fear,” she said. “We are grateful to the NYPD for making this arrest.”
Moving forward, 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. “Just be aware of your surroundings.”
Koslowitz joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn and community activists Tuesday night at 71st and Continental avenues to alert the residents and raise awareness.