Police arrest 21-year-old man for sexual assault in Soundview Park

Michael Okonkwo who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Soundview Park on Sept. 19, 2021, was arrested last week.
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A 21-year-old was arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at Soundview Park last month.

The NYPD arrested Michael Okonkwo, 21, of 880 Thieriot Ave., and charged him with rape, strangulation, petit larceny and assault.

On Sept. 19, at 9:10 p.m., Okonkwo, allegedly pulled a 53-year-old female by the hair and pushed her to the ground inside the Soundview Park playground, the NYPD said. Okonkwo then sat atop the woman, covered her mouth, applied pressure to her neck and began touching her body.

The woman screamed for help, at which time he punched her several times in the face, according to police. During the struggle, the victim’s 25-year-old cousin heard her scream and came to her assistance, grabbing the assailant.

Okonkwo fled the scene westbound through the park and was last seen walking eastbound on Bruckner Boulevard. The victim sustained a minor laceration to her lips and redness to her neck. EMS transported her to Jacobi Hospital, where she was treated and released.

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