Man grabs woman’s buttocks inside Food Universe, 10 minutes prior to attacking another woman in apartment building

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March 22, Staff Report

The man who followed a woman into her Sunnyside apartment building and slammed her against the wall reportedly grabbed a customer’s buttocks at a nearby supermarket just 10 minutes prior, police said.

The suspect allegedly grabbed a 39-year-old female’s buttocks while she was shopping at Food Universe at 44-07 43rd Avenue at about 12:20 am on Sunday, March 12, according to police. The suspect then fled the location. The police released video footage of the man.

Just 10 minutes later the suspect allegedly followed a 28-year-old woman into her apartment building near 43rd Avenue and 42nd Street, according to police. Inside, he pushed her against the wall and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. The woman fought him off. The suspect then fled the location and was last seen walking south on 42nd Street.

The individual is described as male Hispanic, approximately 5’5″ tall, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue pants and black shoes.

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