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Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Attempted Rape in Forest Park

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July 27, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Police arrested a 32-year-old homeless man today for attempting to rape a woman in Forest Park over the weekend.

Officers cuffed Cuauhtemoc Cardenas today at 2:30 p.m. on charges of attempted rape, strangulation and assault for the July 25 incident.

Cardenas allegedly attacked a 51-year-old woman who was walking on the Orange Trail inside the park around 6:30 p.m. Saturday and tried to rape her, police said.

He initially tapped the woman on her shoulder before striking her in the back of the head, police said. He pushed her off the trail into the shrubs and pulled down her pants, causing her to fall to the ground, according to police.

Cardenas then allegedly choked the victim by wrapping a piece of clothing around her neck while he tried to sexually assault her, police said.

The 51-year-old, however, was able to fight off her attacker and yelled out for help, causing Cardenas to flee the park, according to police.

Cardenas is reportedly homeless, a police spokesperson said.

Council Member Robert Holden praised the local 102nd Precinct and NYPD Special Victims Unit for the quick arrest.

“Outstanding work by our @NYPD102Pct officers and @NYPDSVU in apprehending the creep responsible for this frightening attack over the weekend,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you!!”

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Edgar Souza

Illegal Immigrant using a fake name. He’ll be out within a few days ready to strike again. Round of applause for our elected officials who care more about non-citizens than the ones who vote and pay these civil servant salaries.


Obviously a fake name as anyone familiar with contemporary Mexico can see. The real Cuauhtemoc Cardenas was mayor of Mexico City and son of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s leftist President 1934-40.

Betsy Abrams

How much more should this community be fearful of this ruthless behavior especially now that we have a Homeless Shelter nearby!!


Illegal (most likely), homeless, trying to rape a woman – he deserves to get a political asylum, according to lawmakers like AOC and her co-conspirators

Louis Bauso

Excellent work by the NYPD FINEST. An appreciation make within 48 hours. OUTSTANDING!!! This is what cops do best. Where is the mainstream media reporting on this?? Stop giving TV time to the radical extremist and you will see they will go away like the tide in the night. That you to our men and women in BLUE.


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