‘I don’t want to hear about this’: Bookseller accused of raping woman on New York subway
An Amazon.com bookstore owner who allegedly raped a woman in her Manhattan home in a dispute over a bookseller’s literary definition of literature has been arrested.
An NYPD detective on Thursday announced the arrest of Richard J. Kapp, 61, on charges of rape, forcible sexual abuse, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal impersonation and endangering the welfare of a child.
Kapp is charged with three counts of third-degree rape and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the New York City Police Department.
Kapps, who owns Kapp Books and Books of Books in Manhattan, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met online on the bookseller website, as well as in person at his store.
The New York Post reported that police say they found an unopened book in the woman’s apartment and a book of Kapp’s fiction.KApps was charged with a crime after an officer spotted him with the woman at a restaurant in Manhattan and asked if he knew her.
The woman told police Kapp then raped her.
According to the Post, Kapp denied any wrongdoing and said he was not a sex offender.
Police did not release the woman or her name.
The NYPD declined to say whether it had any additional information about the alleged victim or if Kapp was represented by an attorney.
Kapps’ wife said he has an addiction to heroin.