Bronx Woman Brutally Raped by Masked Attacker, Suspect Arrested

A 45-year-old woman was brutally attacked and raped by a masked man in the Bronx on May 1, 2024. The suspect, 39-year-old Kashaan Parks, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes after the victim helped identify him from previous encounters.

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Bronx Woman Brutally Raped by Masked Attacker, Suspect Arrested

Bronx Woman Brutally Raped by Masked Attacker, Suspect Arrested

A 45-year-old woman was brutally attacked and raped by a masked man on a Bronx street in the early morning hours of May 1, 2024. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kashaan Parks, was arrested on Saturday and charged with rape, assault, strangulation, sex abuse, public lewdness, and harassment.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the ongoing struggle to ensure public safety in urban areas, particularly for women, and underscores the need for increased community vigilance and cooperation with law enforcement. It also serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact of violent crimes on victims and their communities.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. near the intersection of East 152nd Street and Third Avenue in the Melrose neighborhood. Parks allegedly approached the woman from behind, threw a looped belt around her neck, and dragged her to the ground, causing her to lose consciousness. He then positioned her body between two parked cars and sexually assaulted her.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) released video footage of the suspect, who wore a white sheet to cover his face, and shows multiple pictures on social media to gather information from the public. The victim, who is recovering from the assault, helped police identify Parks by his distinctive teeth, recalling previous casual encounters with him in the neighborhood.

"He choked me with a belt because he wanted to demand sex with me in exchange for money. And I said no, and I kept moving. So he grabbed from behind with a choking belt and dragged me to the ground over there by the cars and raped me," the victim recounted.

The incident has left the community shaken, with many residents expressing fear and concern for their safety. Christina Torres, a neighbor, shared her worries, saying, "If it could happen to her, it could happen to anybody... None of us are safe, and it's been like that for a while, but it just feels like... I'm scared now that the weather is going to get hot, that the crime is going to get worse."

Parks, who has a prior record with arrests in 2018 for domestic assault and in 2013 for theft of service in the transit system, was taken into custody early Saturday morning. The investigation by the NYPD's Special Victims Unit is ongoing, and anyone with information related to the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

This shocking incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by communities in ensuring public safety and preventing violent crimes. As the Bronx neighborhood grapples with the aftermath of this brutal attack, residents remain hopeful that increased vigilance and community cooperation will help create a safer environment for all.

Key Takeaways

  • 39-year-old Kashaan Parks arrested for raping a 45-year-old woman in the Bronx.
  • Attack occurred on May 1, 2024, near East 152nd Street and Third Avenue.
  • Parks choked victim with a belt, dragged her to the ground, and sexually assaulted her.
  • Victim helped identify Parks by his distinctive teeth from previous encounters.
  • Parks has a prior record with arrests for domestic assault and theft of service.