FLUSHING, Queens — The NYPD is looking for a man who is groping women alongside Kissena Park in Queens. According to police, he struck 3 times within 5 days and they want to catch him before he strikes again.
During the first attack, on June 10, the man grabbed a 50-year-old bicyclist and pulled her toward the park on June 10 around 6:30 p.m., police said.
He allegedly touched himself over his clothing as he attempted to talk to her. Police said she then broke free and fled the area.
Two days later, around 10:15 a.m. near Colden Street and Mulberry Avenue, a 24-year-old woman was attacked.
The man tried to talk to her, then hugged and kissed her on the cheek, and grabbed her buttocks, police said.
Once again, he touched himself. She was able to break free and run way.
Then on Wednesday the man attacked a 41-year-old woman near 148th Street and 56th Road around 6:30 p.m.
Police said he grabbed the woman's arms and tried to pull her into a backyard, but she screamed. He fled in a red vehicle.
News of these attacks in a quiet neighborhood, near a family-friendly park have upset longtime residents.
A woman named Jennifer told PIX11 News, "I feel very safe here. I grew up in the neighborhood. I would never think that thing anything like that would happen here." She said she is now hesitant to bring her daughters to the park until police catch the man.
Lance Williams was bringing his daughter to Kissena Park when he learned of the attacks.
"I just want to know is anyone going to find this guy? And possibly see why this is happening so much in New York City these days," he asked.
Police said the suspect is Hispanic and about 40-years-old. He weighs 200 pounds and is 6 feet tall. He is slim with a muscular build. He has black and grey hair.
There is a tattoo of a red and green star on the back of his arm above his elbow.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) 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 by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.