Honored New York EMT by Day, Predator By Night
Photo and wanted poster of serial rape suspect Angus Pascall is posted inside elevator.
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
July 22, 2010
NEW YORK CITY – A decorated EMT was charged Wednesday with a series of sick sex crimes – including an attack on an 11-year-old in an elevator he commandeered with his Fire Department key.
Angus Pascall, 33, was nabbed after one victim jotted down the plate number of his getaway car and was linked to five rapes and assaults through DNA and lineups, police said.
Honored at FDNY Medal Day in 2007 for saving a patient’s life, the emergency medical technician stalked the streets off-duty with a gun or knife, ambushing women as they walked home, officials said.
In a July 11 attack, he allegedly used a “fireman’s service key,” which provides access to subway grates and elevators across the city, to corner and sodomize the 11-year-old.
“It was to make sure no one else was using the elevator,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “[He] used it to get to the girl.”
The child had moved into the Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights only a few months before and isn’t staying there anymore.
“That day I could just hear the family yelling and crying and one of the cousins told me what happened to that poor baby,” neighbor Kim Clark said.
“This man was a sicko and a pervert and I’m so relieved they caught him.”
Pascall struck as recently as Monday, when he abducted a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint, forced her into his car, and raped her, police said.
The victim wrote down the license plate, and cops traced it to a green car that belonged to one of Pascall’s friends, Kelly said.
After the friend had been busted for driving with a suspended license, the car was seized – and it was Pascall who signed for it from an NYPD lot, police said.
He was driving the car when cops busted him near EMS station 39 in East New York.
“As soon as he came out of the building they nabbed him. It was so embarrassing,” a co-worker said. “We didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
Pascall, who had worked for the FDNY for five years, was picked out of a lineup by three victims. His DNA matched samples taken at all five sex crimes, police said.
He was charged with rape, sexual abuse, criminal sex act and child endangerment.
“[He] loved his job and his mom was very proud,” said the suspect’s longtime neighbor Rosalie Clark, 50. “He looked very handsome in his uniform. I’m just in total shock – I still can’t believe it.”
Investigators believe Pascall first struck in June 2001, when he raped a 20-year-old woman.
The next confirmed assault was in October 2009 – and investigators are exploring the mysterious “gap” in between the crimes, police sources said.
Cops do not think that Pascall committed any of the crimes during his EMT shifts.
He has been on restricted duty since January for punching his girlfriend and hitting her in the face with a metal toilet paper rack, officials said. A pretrial hearing in that case was scheduled for September.
He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge in April 2007, according to records. He was suspended for 10 days and then put on an 18-month probationary period, FDNY officials said.