4 reported groping incidents put TN on edge
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, A BTR UGUST 2-8, 2019 3
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
A serious of assaults on young
women in Throggs Neck has many in
the community on edge, urging caution
Police released a sketch of a Hispanic
man between 25-years-old and
35-years-old they believe is responsible
for four forcible touching incidents
that have escalated in terms of
Police have distributed the sketch
through out the neighborhood,
mostly on storefronts on East Tremont
Avenue in the 45th Precinct.
The fl ier indicates the culprit is
160 pounds and between 5’10” and
The fi rst incident occurred at
Hatting Place and Pennyfi eld Avenue,
when the individual grabbed
a 16-year-old’s buttocks at 1 p.m. on
Sunday, March 24.
The following incident occurred
at Logan and Barkley avenues at
10:20 p.m. on Monday, May 20, when
he grabbed a 15-year-old’s breasts
From there, things apparently
took a more violent turn.
A 16-year-old was approached near
Philip Avenue and the Cross Bronx
Expressway at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday,
June 29, and punched in the face
before being groped.
The latest incident was on Wednesday,
July 3 near Edison and Barkley
A 22-year-old woman reported that
she was approached by a man fi tting
the description of the previously described
groper, who dragged her by
the neck as he tried to pull her into
his vehicle before fl eeing.
John Marano, a community leader
and retired law enforcement offi cer
who lives in Throggs Neck, suggests
that young women or men who are
walking alone stay in contact with
a person on the phone, while at the
same time staying alert of their surroundings.
“If you have to be on the phone
with anyone, be on the person you
are going to,” said Marano. “If something
does happen, the person on the
phone will know where you are.”
He also suggests that people looking
to protect themselves carry a
mini-LED fl ashlight if they are walking
alone at night.
This is something that could be
used to distract a would-be perpetrator
and give the would-be victim a
split-second to get away, and if necessary,
it could be even used in physical
self-defense if jabbed at a perpetrators
throat, eyes or privates.
“Keep the fl ashlight on,” said Marano
urging vigilance. “Especially
(at this point), this guy is paying attention
and preying on people who
aren’t paying attention. Think about
what you are going to do if someone
Bob Bieder, 45th Precinct Community
Council president, said he
believes there may have been other
groping incidents by this individual,
and he urges all women have been
forcibly touched, no matter how minor,
to report it.
“Here is a guy who has been involved
in four incidents since March,
and I would guess that there could be
other instances where he did more
minor things that weren’t reported,”
Getting more information could
help police better identify a pattern,
“Even if it’s a guy who just ran by
and grabbed you, report it,” said Bieder.
Bieder said he is a fi rm believer of
safety in numbers, and urged people
who are concerned to walk with at
least one other person if possible.
Anyone with information in regard
to these incidents 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 tips by
logging onto the Crime Stoppers website
COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Police are looking to apprehend this suspect
in connection with several forcible touching
incidents in the Throggs Neck community
that involve young females.
Photo courtesy of the NYPD
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