NYPD seeks suspect in Queens sex crime pattern

Police allege that the same man was involved in three similar assaults within the last week.

The entrance to Kissena Park near Oak Avenue.

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Authorities are searching for a man believed to be responsible for three sexual assaults in the vicinity of Kissena Park in Queens during the past week.


Around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, a 50-year-old woman was riding her bike near Kissena Park on Oak Avenue when a man grabbed her, according to police. He allegedly pulled her toward the park as he touched himself over his clothing before she was able to break free.


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Two days later on Sunday around 10:15 a.m. near the corner of Colden Street and Mulberry Avenue, police said the same individual approached a 24-year-old woman and hugged and kissed her and grabbed her buttocks. Again, he touched himself over his clothing and the victim fled.


The latest incident was this past Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. when the man grabbed a 41-year-old woman by both arms and attempted to pull her into a backyard near 56th Avenue and 148th Street, police stated. The woman screamed and the man fled in a red car.

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Officials described the man as Hispanic, approximately 40 years old, 200 pounds and 6 feet tall. He has a slim, muscular build with black, graying hair and a tattoo of a red and green star on the back of one arm above the elbow.

Anyone with information should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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