2012-04-13 / Top Stories

Rockaway Beach Resident Arrested On Sex Charges

A Far Rockaway man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman during a robbery two months ago, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced.

Ronald Baker, 60, of Rockaway Beach, has been charged with predatory sexual assault, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree robbery. If convicted, Baker faces up to 12 years to life in prison.

“Although a wanted poster sketch was circulated in the days following the alleged assault, the defendant was apprehended when his own body betrayed him and police were allegedly able to link his DNA to evidence found at the crime scene. This case underscores yet again the crucial importance of DNA evidence,” District Attorney Brown said.

According to the criminal charges, Baker followed his 66-year-old female victim into her Jamaica, Queens apartment building on the afternoon of February 27, and placed a knife to her side and pushed her inside her apartment. Once inside, it is alleged that Baker demanded the victim’s money and jewelry or he would kill her. It is further alleged that after the victim gave Baker four bracelets, a silver necklace and silver earrings, he sexually assaulted her. Police secured a floor mat that allegedly tested positive for semen and DNA testing matched it to Baker, whose DNA profile was on file with New York State.

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