Police are searching for a man accused of forcibly touching two women just minutes apart in Astoria.
Around 12:02 a.m. on Thursday in the area of 30-61 46th Street, the suspect approached a 25-year-old woman from behind, pushed her against a car and touched her over her clothing, police reported. When she yelled for help, the man fled the scene.
Three minutes later, at 12:05 a.m., a similar incident was reported near the corner of 45th Street and Newton Road, where a 26-year-old woman stated that the suspect approached her from behind, wrapped his arms around her and touched her over her clothing, according to police. The suspect fled south on 45th Street when the victim yelled for help.
Police described the man as Hispanic, in his 20s and between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-5 with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a light blue T-shirt, black pants and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.