Police search for pervert who sexually assaulted 13-year-old girl in New York park: ‘So it’s not safe’

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NYPD officers swarmed Kissena Park in Queens as the department raced to find the monster who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old Asian girl this week in a secluded spot in the urban oasis.

Eight police cars and an NYPD mobile command center stood at the park’s entrance at Juniper Avenue and Colden Street, while an officer working in pairs roamed the green space on foot and horseback, and community police officers covered the wanted poster area.

Dad Alankar Ngar, who was in the park with his 14-year-old daughter, said the parents were scared.

The gates of Kissena Park in Queens, where a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted Thursday. Brigitte Stelzer
Officers deployed reward flyers to track down the pervert. Brigitte Stelzer

“Everyone has been tense since the announcement because we all have young children playing here, and this happened within a day,” the 48-year-old said. “We can almost understand if this is a nighttime case, but this happened during the day, where we can tell our children to play freely. It’s frightening.”

Neighborhood resident Anna Zheng, 50, said she was saddened by the attack.

NYPD officers on horseback at Kissena Park, at Colden Street and Juniper Avenue in Queens, Brigitte Stelzer

“I feel so bad and I’m not safe,” said Zheng, 50, who lives in the area. “I’m very shocked.”

The girl and a 13-year-old boy were in a park field around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when the man approached and forced them with a “large machete-type knife” to enter an isolated area, police said. police officers.

He then tied the classmates’ wrists with a shoelace and sexually assaulted the girl. He told them to wait 20 minutes and stole both of their phones before fleeing.

Police officers gather at an NYPD mobile command center outside Kissena Park. Brigitte Stelzer

The pervert was described as a short, light-skinned man in his twenties with short, curly hair and braces.

He also has a distinctive boar or bull tattoo – with red eyes and horns – on the left side of his chest.

The children returned to their school after the heinous incident and alerted staff, who called 911, police said.

A 30-year-old man named Steve has lived on the park’s perimeter for six years and said more police should be there all the time.

Police near a wanted poster are looking for the pervert who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. Brigitte Stelzer

“I worry about my wife and my children here, there are a lot of children,” he said.

Queens resident Rehan Safri has lived in the neighborhood for two decades and said he had never heard of such a horrific incident before.

“I’m surprised this happened. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this in the last 35 years, this has never happened,” the 36-year-old said. “It’s sad, it’s really sad.”

The NYPD sketch of the man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.
A drawing of the tattoo the kids told cops the man had on his chest. DCPI

Dad Vikas Rohilla was in the park with his 8-year-old daughter and said there were more parents with their children in the park than usual.

“It’s the park where all the neighborhood children come to play,” explains the forty-year-old. “It used to be full of kids all day, but now, you see, the parents come with the kids.”

He worried if another attack might happen.

“How do we know this won’t happen again?” ” He asked. “If this is to be the case, how will our children be able to play safely in a playground? »




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