4 reported gropping incidents put
Throggs Neck community on edge
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 violence.
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 6’0” tall.
The fi rst incident occurred at Hatting
Place and Pennyfi eld Avenue,
when the individual grabbed a 16-yearold’s
buttocks at 1 p.m. on Sunday,
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 and buttocks.
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
The latest incident was on on
Wednesday, July 3 near Edison and
A 22-year-old woman reported that
she was approached by a man fi tting
the description of the previously described
gropper, 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
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
“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 approaches
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
“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,” said
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 this incident is asked to call
the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
The public can also submit tips
by logging onto the Crime Stoppers
website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.
COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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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