UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — An “emotionally disturbed” man who shoved a bag of feces down a stranger's shorts and grabbed her buttocks is being sought, police said Thursday.
The man, who is possibly homeless, is seen on surveillance video following the 27-year-old victim on East 74th Street around 6 p.m. Monday before he attacked.
The woman, who was on her cellphone at the time, does not appear to notice the man before he is seen running up and pulling at her shorts.
The man then shoved a bag of feces down her shorts and grabbed her buttocks, police said.
Police do not know who the man is, but believe him to be “emotionally disturbed.”
They added that the attack appeared random, and the victim does not know him.
The man sought is believed to be about 40 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with a dark complexion and afro-style hair.
Upon waking up to the news of the attack on Thursday, one local said she is in the process of selling her apartment and leaving the city.
“And I hate to say it, but these are the reasons why. Even though I’ve lived in this neighborhood 19 years,” the woman said, adding that she often walks in the area the attack occurred.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.