Arrest made in horrific NY rape case where suspect lassoed woman with a belt before assaulting her

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BRONX, NY - In a significant development in the investigation into a disturbing assault in the Bronx, New York police have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the brutal attack on a woman earlier this month.

Kashaan Parks, 39, was apprehended following the circulation of a surveillance video capturing the shocking incident.

The assault, which occurred on a dark street in the Bronx's Melrose neighborhood, shocked the community and drew widespread attention after the footage surfaced.

In the video, the assailant, identified as Parks, is seen approaching the victim from behind and using a looped belt to choke her into unconsciousness before dragging her between parked cars to carry out the rape.

Authorities moved swiftly to apprehend Parks, who was taken into custody at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

He now faces a litany of charges, including rape, assault, strangulation, sex abuse, public lewdness, and harassment.

"He will now face justice," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry tweeted.

The victim, a 45-year-old woman, was initially unable to report the attack. However, with the help of the surveillance footage and her recognition of Parks' distinctive dental features, including a space between his teeth, she was later identified.

The arrest of Parks has brought some relief to the community, but it has also reignited discussions about safety in the area.

Residents are deeply disturbed by the brutality of the attack and emphasize the need for increased police presence and community safety measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The incident also underscores broader concerns about rising rates of sexual assault in New York City.

According to the latest NYPD statistics, there has been a 5.1% increase in reported rapes this year, with a total of 511 incidents reported as of May 5th.

The widespread circulation of the video highlights the importance of surveillance and community cooperation in identifying and apprehending perpetrators of violent crimes.
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