NEW YORK (PIX11)– Police are searching for a man who planted an unwanted kiss on a woman while the two were aboard a subway train in Manhattan, officials said.
The 24-year-old victim was sitting on the northbound No. 1 train near the 34th Street-Penn Station stop when the suspect leaned over and kissed her on the lips at around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
“I’ve been wanting to do that; I wish I could do more,” the man said after the unwanted kiss, according to police.
Before the No. 1 train suspect fled between train cars, the victim took a photo of him, which was released by police.
He’s described as approximately 35 years old, 5-foot-11, and 190 pounds with a medium build. He has brown eyes and short, brown hair, and is missing an upper tooth on the right side of his mouth. He was last seen wearing a beige hoodie, sunglasses, camouflage pants, a Disney backpack, an orange du-rag, and orange sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
The unnerving attack left straphangers on edge, with some telling PIX11 News that they were packing pepper spray for their commute.
And the NYPD says that forcible touching incidents are on the rise in the subway system. So far in 2022, 117 such incidents have been reported to police, compared to 77 to the same point last year.
In recent weeks, at least six straphangers have been victimized across multiple boroughs.
Those incidents include a 19-year-old woman who was groped on the mezzanine of the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center terminal in Downtown Brooklyn, and a 29-year-old woman who told police that a man exposed himself to her aboard the D train at Bay 50th Street in the borough’s Gravesend neighborhood.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).