Police have released video of a suspect they say sexually assaulted and robbed two women in Queens — just minutes from each other — as they were walking on the street.
The first incident on March 19 occurred at about 1:42 a.m. when the 20-year-old victim was on her way home on Woodward Avenue in Ridgewood, authorities said. She was approached from behind by the suspect — described as a Hispanic man — who then pushed her to the ground. The man grabbed the victim’s genitals over her clothing and then fled the location without taking anything.
Just minutes later at 1:48 a.m., the suspect approached a 25-year-old woman from behind and put his hand around her neck, police said. The man then tried to put his hands inside the victim’s pants and took the her purse before fleeing on foot.
The surveillance video released by police shows the alleged suspect on Woodward Avenue.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.