NEW YORK (CBS/WCBS/AP) Trusted to save lives, a New York City emergency medical technician is accused of terrorizing women and girls over the last nine years instead. Two of his alleged victims were children.
Angus Pascall, who had special access to subway grates and elevators via a universal "fireman's key," was arrested on rape and other charges in the armed sexual assaults of five women and girls since 2001, police said Wednesday.
The 33-year-old was arrested Tuesday in Brooklyn after one alleged victim provided police with the license plate number of a car Pascall was driving.
The 20-year-old woman told investigators that an assailant forced her into a car at gunpoint on Monday afternoon and raped her. Earlier this month, an 11-year-old girl was attacked by a man with a gun in an elevator.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Pascall used the special fireman's key to control the elevator.
Pascall also was linked to the rape of a 22-year-old at gunpoint in her home in 2001, police said. In the remaining two incidents in 2009, a 19-year-old was attacked in an elevator and a 14-year-old was assaulted behind an apartment building.
Police said three victims had picked the suspect out of lineups. The results of DNA testing were pending.
Pascall, who has worked for the Fire Department for more than five years, has been suspended without pay, department spokesman Jim Long said.
All the alleged attacks occurred while Pascall was off-duty.