ST. JOHNSVILLE – A Halfmoon man has been arrested, accused in the sexual assault of a woman at a park in St. Johnsville, police said Monday.
The arrest came after police obtained and released surveillance images of the suspect’s vehicle, as well as his description, after the woman reported the attack to police last week.
Police identified the man arrested as Agha Musaib Kahn, 26, of Halfmoon. He now faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, along with misdemeanor forcible touching and unlawful imprisonment.
The investigation began Thursday evening at 7:30 as police responded to a report of a sexual assault that had taken place at Soldiers and Sailors Park in St. Johnsville.
Officers met the victim there. She reported that she had been lured to a location in the park by an unknown man, restrained and sexually assaulted, police said.
The victim was taken to Little Falls Hospital by family members. She was treated and released.
St. Johnsville police then worked with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed witnesses. Police also released the suspect’s description and images of the vehicle, as the case was initially reported as a random act.
Further investigation then revealed that the victim and suspect had met over social media and the victim had agreed to meet the suspect at the park, police said.
During the meeting, however, the victim was lured to a location in the park where the suspect then forced unwanted sexual contact on her, police said.
Police obtained video of the suspect’s vehicle from neighbors’ surveillance cameras. Police also got a partial plate number. Those led to Kahn becoming a suspect, police said.
Further investigation then produced a positive identification of Kahn as the man responsible for the attack and a warrant was issued for his arrest, police said.
New York State Police then found Kahn at his residence and turned him over to St. Johnsville police. He was arraigned and ordered held on $15,000 bail.
Police credited members of the public who sent tips and video, with assisting in the arrest. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office also assisted, along with the sheriff’s office and state police.
“All parties played a crucial role in bringing this case to closure in a short period of time,” St. Johnsville police said in a release.