The man who sexually attacked a teenage girl in wooded part of a Queens park is being tied to another similar attack at the same park just a day before, police said Friday morning.
A 30-year-old man is in custody and charges are pending against him, according to police. His name has not been released.
Police say on Tuesday, a 32-year-old woman was walking inside Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing around 11 p.m. when a man armed with a knife walked up to her and demanded money.
The woman handed $50 to the man, who then led the woman to wooded section of the park and forced her to perform a sex act and then raped her, police said.
The man then fled the park, while the woman went to an area hospital where she was treated and released, according to officials.
The attack came just a day before a 17-year-old girl reported she was sexually attacked by a knife-wielding man inside the same park at night.
The stranger, who police say is the same suspect, approached the girl around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and dragged her to a heavily wooded section of the park, away from potential witnesses and surveillance cameras, according to police. He then made her perform a sexual act.
The attacker fled on foot, while the victim walked to New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital.
The NYPD Queens Special Victims Squad is investigating both crimes.
Regular walkers say that many homeless people live in the woods of the park, but no evidence has been found connecting that to the attacks.