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Cops search for man wanted in two sexual attacks on women in Manhattan within 24 hours

MANHATTAN – Police need help finding a man involved into two attacks on women, including an attempted rape, within 24 hours in  Manhattan.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 24 around 9:40 a.m. when a 28-year-old woman entered the elevator of a residential building around East 124th Street and Third Avenue in East Harlem.

While she was in the elevator, a man began to grab and touch her, police said.

Officers said the victim then returned the elevator to the lobby, where the man threw her to the ground and attempted to remove her clothes.

The victim was able to scratch the man’s face before he fled, police said. The incident is being investigated as an attempted rape.

The next day, police said the same individual approached a 25-year-old woman outside 1 Centre St. in lower Manhattan around 7:10 a.m. and touched her buttocks.

When she confronted him, he fled into the Brooklyn Bridge- City Hall subway station. The second incident was described by police as a forcible touching.

The man sought is described as about 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds, and has black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black sneakers, black jacket and black jeans.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).