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Wrong man arrested in Forest Park attack

Richard Kassebaum is accused in another sex crime

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 4:08 pm

The man arrested in connection with a sex attack in Forest Park last week was not the perpetrator in that incident, but he is being held for another crime, according to police sources.

A jogger was tased while jogging on a path near the Jackie Robinson Parkway around 7:30 p.m. on March 29. She was then dragged off the trail and assaulted. The suspect attempted to remove her clothes and the victim fought the attacker. A couple walking their dog came across the attack and scared the suspect away.

Police had arrested Richard Kassebaum, 42, of Lindenwood, on Tuesday and charged him with the attack. 

But they voided Kassebaum's arrest on Thursday after revealing that he is not the suspect in that crime.

A police spokesman would not say what led to them voiding the arrest.

Kassebaum is not free, however. According to police sources, he is being held in connection with another sex attack that occurred in Woodhaven last weekend. In that case, a woman was attacked after leaving a laundromat on Woodhaven Boulevard and 86th Avenue on Easter Sunday. Kassebaum allegedly followed the victim for a block before he allegedly attacked her, groping her and placing her in a chokehold.  The victim broke free and ran away. Kassebaum then allegedly returned to the laundromat.

He is charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching for that incident. Kassebaum served a 19-year sentence for manslaughter for killing his aunt in her Flushing apartment in 1990. 

Police are still looking for the suspect in the Forest Park attack.

Anyone with information on that incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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