Bay Ridge

Owl’s Head Park killer still at large

Cops hope witnesses will come forward

March 3, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
These images of the murder suspect are included on a reward poster. Photos courtesy of NYPD

Jennifer Cohen’s killer is still out there somewhere, to the great frustration of the police who have not been able to make an arrest several months after the slaying.

The NYPD has not given up on its efforts to hunt down the person who beat Cohen, a 35-year-old Bay Ridge woman, to death.

Cohen’s badly beaten body was found inside Millennium Skate Park at Owl’s Head Park on Colonial Road and 67th Street back on Sept. 29.

Cops have placed reward posters containing a picture of a suspect all over Bay Ridge and surrounding neighborhoods. The NYPD has issued a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

There is also video evidence in the slay case.

On Oct. 3, four days after the murder, police posed a video on the NYPD’s Twitter feed showing a man described by authorities as a suspect walking on a street near Owl’s Head Park on the same day as the murder.

The man in the video was described by police as 5-foot-8, about 175 pounds, wearing a black jacket with white trim, black shorts with white trim, dark sneakers and a dark baseball cap.

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Cohen, who lived near the park, was discovered lying face down inside Millennium Skate Park at around 9:30 a.m. on Sept.29, police said. She was wearing a blue shirt and black pants, police said.

The body was discovered by an off-duty firefighter who was jogging near the scene.

The victim had suffered a blunt force wound to the head, according to police.

In the immediate aftermath of the slaying, the Daily News reported that the victim’s blonde hair was matted with blood. There was also a great deal of blood on her face, the Daily News reported.

Citing police sources, the Daily News also reported that a pocketbook found near Cohen’s body contained hypodermic needles and condoms.

The area of Owl’s Head Park where the body was discovered, Millennium Skate Park, is an enclosed section on the eastern end of the park. The skate park is a popular spot for kids.

The slaying shocked and saddened Bay Ridge residents and community leaders.

“I have every confidence that the NYPD will investigate and apprehend and bring those responsible for this horrific crime to justice,” Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann wrote on her Facebook page at the time.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477.

The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering “TIP577.”

The NYPD video can be viewed at twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/782913375126913024.

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