NYPD identifies person of interest in connection to disturbing video of sex assault in Bronx

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Police identify person wanted for rape where victim was choked with belt
Police have released a new image of the person they are looking for in connection to a rape in the Bronx.

MELROSE, Bronx (WABC) -- New York City police have identified a person of interest in connection to a viral video that appears to show a sexual assault that happened in the Bronx.

A police report confirms that a sexual assault happened near East 152nd Street and 3rd Avenue on May 1 around 3 a.m.

A 45-year-old woman was followed by a man who lassoed a belt around her neck, which caused her to lose consciousness.

The man then dragged her behind a car and sexually assaulted the victim, authorities say.

The man then fled on foot towards Melrose Avenue. Police released surveillance images of the man they are looking for on Thursday night.

Police identified the man as 39-year-old Kashaan Parks, but have not taken him into custody yet.

The woman was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in stable condition.

Police say the victim and attacker knew each other.

The victim was able to remember him because he has "unusual teeth," specifically a space between his teeth.

The victim did not initially report the attack to police. Once video of the attack surfaced, police began investigating and realized the victim was already in the precinct, in custody for an unrelated petit larceny.

Neighbors say everyone has seen the video -- and they are stunned by it.

"It's sad for women, it's sad for everybody, but women take the worst part," Melrose resident Justo Cordero said.

Residents also say it is a poignant reminder that more needs to be done about safety in the area.

"At any given moment someone can come and hurt you and police, when they need to be here they're not," said Melrose resident Luz Hernandez.

The man is believed to be about 5'9" tall, and was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with "GAP" across the front, white sweatpants, and black-red-white sneakers.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Raegan Medgie has details from Washington Heights.


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