Riverside Park rapist probe in DC

August 13, 2010 7:45:31 PM PDT
Prosecutors say a man who holds himself out to be an accomplished French-language TV journalist has committed a series of crimes against women in New York, and now they're looking into his dealings in Washington, D.C.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office sent out an alert Friday asking Washington residents to come forward with information about Hugues-Denver Akassy.

He's charged in New York with raping a Russian tourist last month in Riverside Park, lurking on another woman's fire escape and harassing a third woman. His lawyer didn't immediately return a call.

The 42-year-old Akassy is being held on $100,000 bail.

The Ivory Coast native's website says he runs a public-affairs TV production company. But some of those listed as producers and sponsors have told newspapers they never worked with him.