RANDALL MANOR, Staten Island — A stranger groped, grabbed, punched and threatened to rape a woman waiting for a bus in Staten Island Tuesday morning as part of a violent spree in which he attacked at least three others in the span of an hour, police said.
That victim, 42, was at a bus stop on Castleton Avenue, near Hunter Place, bordering the neighborhoods Randall Manor and West Brighton, around 6:28 a.m. when police said she was attacked.
The stranger grabbed her from behind, put his arm around her neck then punched her, police said.
He then allegedly told her, "I'm going to rape you," and put his hand into her pants and grabbed her buttocks.
Someone nearby heard the woman scream and ran to the scene, apparently prompting the attacker to flee, police said.
The victim was hospitalized with bruising and swelling on the right side of her face.
Police said the man has been linked to at least three others incidents. The other victims range in age from 14 to 64 years old.
His first attack happened at 5:42 a.m. Tuesday near 103 St. Paul's Ave., where he grabbed a 50-year-old woman by theneck, dragged her to the ground and shoved his hands into her pants, police said. The victim screamed the culprit ran away.
She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Then at 6:20 a.m. he slapped a 64-year-old woman in the face just as she stepped off an MTA bus at Henderson and Westbury avenues. She suffered minor swelling to her face.
Eight minutes after that, he attacked the 42-year-old woman at the bus stop.
Then he targeted a 14-year-old girl who was waiting at a bus stop near Castleton and Havenwood avenues. In that case, he snuck up on the teen, pushed her to the ground then he tried forced her to perform a criminal sex act, police said.
During the struggle, the girl bit her attacker and he fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV (pictured below).
She was taken to the hospital with bruising to her face, scrapes on her knees and redness on her neck, police said.
The attacker is described as a black male, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He's likely in his 20s and was last seen wearing a dark-colored track suit with a white logo on the front and white stripes on the leg.
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