Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with two sexual assaults in Flushing parks in July.
The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested on July 20. The investigation remains ongoing and charges are pending, police said.
The first incident occurred around 11 p.m. on July 18. A 32-year-old woman was walking inside of Colden Park—which is also known as Kissena Corridor Park and located at Main Street and 56th Avenue in Flushing—when she was approached from behind by a man who produced a knife and demanded money. The victim retrieved $50 from her pocketbook and handed it to the man.
The suspect then led the woman to a trail in a wooded section of the park and forced her to perform a criminal sex act before subsequently raping her. Upon completion of these acts, the suspect and victim left the trail and walked through the park, where the suspect fled in an unknown direction. The victim went to Bellevue Hospital via private means and was treated and released.
During the second incident on July 19, police responded around 11:30 p.m. to a 911 call made from a local hospital regarding a sexual assault inside of Colden Park. Upon arrival, officers were informed by a 17-year-old girl that she had been walking inside the park around 10:30 p.m., when she was approached by a man, who produced a knife and forced her into a wooded section of the park. He then forced her to perform a criminal sexual act, police said.
The suspect then fled towards a pedestrian path inside the park to parts unknown. The victim then walked to the hospital.