NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. – Police are looking for a man who randomly grabbed a teenage girl, pushed her to the ground and shook her outside a Long Island shopping center Sunday afternoon in what authorities are calling an “unusual” incident.
Nassau County police say the 16-year-old was walking southbound on New Hyde Park Road alongside the Lake Success Shopping Center at about 2:50 p.m., when a stranger suddenly had her in his grasp and spun her around. After she was pushed to the ground, he took her by the sweatshirt and began shaking her, while telling her to “Come here.” Unable to escape his clutches, she began to scream for help until a female witness came to her aid, causing the individual to run away.
Police say his intentions weren’t completely clear.
Authorities describe the subject to be between 30 and 40 years old and at least 6 feet tall with stocky build. He was wearing a paint splattered design black hoodie with the hood up covering most of his face and light-colored blue jeans.
The victim, who suffered minor scratches to her arm, refused medical attention.
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.