CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A fast-thinking teenager took a photo of a man she says groped her in Brooklyn, capturing for herself vital evidence that could get her alleged attacker off the streets.
It happened shortly after 9 p.m. June 4, the NYPD said Tuesday.
Police said a 13-year-old girl was near Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn when a man approached and tried to talk to her. She “adamantly refused his advances” then went into a nearby store, police said.
The culprit followed her into the store and pulled her out onto the sidewalk, where he simulated that he had a gun and touched her breasts and buttocks, police said.
The girl fought to free herself then ran back into the store. Again, the man followed her inside and this time, the teen took a picture of him with her phone. A store worker tossed the attacker from the business.
The culprit is described as a black male in his late 20s, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, and about 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap emblazoned with the letters “KC,” a white T-shirt, blue jeans with torn knees, and white sneakers at the time of the attack.
Anyone who recognizes the man is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.