A rapist who attacked a woman in Prospect Park on June 15 may be linked to three other rapes dating as far back to 2003, police say. In the earlier cases, also in parks, the rapist targeted women who had just left a male companion. In the most recent attack on June 15, the suspect was able to separate his victim from her friend, an off-duty police officer, and then sexually assault her. Police described the suspect as black male, 38 to 40 years old with a husky build. In many of the cases, the rapist threatened his victims by saying he photographed or videotaped earlier trysts they had with their companions, according to several news accounts. Because of this unusual m.o. some papers and TV stations are referring to him as a “lover’s lane” rapist.
“He says to the victims that he may show photographs of them being involved with a male in the park, that he would make them public,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the Daily News in Friday’s editions.
Police ask anyone with information to call 800-577-TIPS.