Photo Courtesy of City Parks Department
Andrade allegedly struck at least six times inside Forest Park from 2011 to 2013.
By Michael V. Cusenza
DNA swabbed from a beer bottle discarded inside Forest Park several years ago led City Police detectives to slap cuffs on an alleged serial sexual predator last week for a string of previously unsolved attacks at the massive borough green space.
Though Mark Andrade, 45, has been charged with two of the incidents – March 29 and Aug. 26 of 2013 – police officials said they expect to attribute four other attacks to the Richmond Hill resident.
Andrade, who has an arrest record, was arraigned on Thursday on a criminal complaint charging him with a slew of felonies, including first-degree attempted rape. Bail was set at $2 million bond/$500,000 cash.
According to authorities, as the 23-year-old jogger attempted to fight off Andrade during the March 29 assault, she ripped a beer bottle out of his pocket and tossed it. The bottle was retrieved and swabbed; the DNA match was discovered last week after Andrade was picked up in Nassau County for grand larceny and had his mouth swabbed.
Investigators have indicated that they believe that Andrade is also responsible for these Forest Park attacks: On Nov. 18, 2012 he allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old woman as she walked her dog; on Aug. 15, 2012, Andrade allegedly fondled a 34-year-old woman at Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South; he allegedly struck and attempted to disrobe his youngest victim, a 13-year-old girl, on Sept. 7, 2011; and on March 25, 2011, in what cops believe was his initial attack, Andrade allegedly jumped a 54-year-old female jogger from behind on Park Lane South.
Andrade’s next court date is Aug. 18.