The NYPD is asking for the public’s help to find a man they believe publicly masturbated on a subway platform while staring at a 12-year-old girl, who reported the act to authorities.

Police said the girl saw the suspect with his pants down on the northbound platform of the 62nd Street “N” subway station, just after 2:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The man allegedly fled the scene after the victim ran away from the area.

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The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 50 to 60 years old, with white hair, wearing glasses and carrying a small black backpack. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information about the harassment is urged to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or in Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). 

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.