Oct. 17, 2011 By Christian Murray
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer held a press conference on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside today to alert the public and aggressively search for a perpetrator who has been groping women, and one 12-year-old girl in the Sunnyside/Woodside neighborhoods of Queens.
The suspect, described as a Hispanic male between 30 and 40, has been seen riding a black mountain bike as he rides up behind the women and grabs them inappropriately before fleeing. He has been striking the same general area within a few blocks of each other (see story for the location of incidents). The most recent incident happened Oct. 7 at 39th Avenue and 46th Street.
Council Member Van Bramer is working with the NYPD at the 108th Precinct to support the full-scale investigation already underway to capture the suspect as soon as possible.
“Sunnyside and Woodside are safe neighborhoods but one assault against women is one too many. We will track down this cowardly criminal and make sure he is punished and put away. We must be vigilant as a community as the 108th precinct pursues leads in the case and I will do all I can to assist the NYPD in getting this sexual predator off our streets,” said Council Member Van Bramer.
“One of the great things about Sunnyside and Woodside is the feeling of safety and community that people share. We are not going to allow this predator to make women afraid in these or any other sections of Queens,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “We are asking for the public’s help, if anyone sees anything or has any useful information about these incidents we want them to call the NYPD.”
“The women of our community should not have to walk through our neighborhoods in fear of being attacked,” said Rep. Joe Crowley. “I urge everyone to take a good look at the surveillance tape and contact the authorities if you recognize the suspect as well as report any suspicious activity. This is a time when our community can work together to help ensure our family, friends and neighbors are safe and to help bring the person responsible for these attacks to justice.”
Senator Michael Gianaris, who recently introduced legislation to making groping of a child a felony requiring mandatory jail time, said, “We must have zero tolerance for the recent rash of groping incidents in our neighborhoods. In addition to the passage of my bill that would increase penalties for gropers, we must band together as a community to keep our streets safe and free from sexual predators.”
Be glad the pervert isn’t carrying a knife. So far as we know.
Yippie! Just saw three officers on foot patrol 🙂
You can carry pepper spray in nyc. Since the 2nd Amendment gets no respect here. You even have to register to get pepper spray, but we need some equalizer on the streets.
A gazillion years ago a creep cornered me as I was walking home. I got away and hid in a store. It seems that when these creeps are striking it is in residential areas. I suggest screaming LOUDLY and getting somebody’s attention!!!
I have heard simillar stories in Sunnyside about children and women not being safe. I have started a non -profit organization where we caould help each other to resist harasments.Lets keep our neigboors safe. Lets get together for a better tomorrow.
Is mace legal? Not sure if it is. I have heard that hairspray in the eyes works also.
Every women should have mace in their hand ready to strike if need. Plus get your cell phones ready to take pictures and dial 911 asap. lts get this guy off our street and in jail asap. we need to walk in groups. No women should be waking alone at any time of day even waking the family pet. Lets Get This Guy Now
Raquel: why do you think the picture of Christine Quinn is funny. It is a pretty sad state of affairs that women in nyc have to take defense classes to protect themselves. All I can say is this once wonderful city is going down the tubes, and I mean fast.
Hopefully the NYPD will dedicate resources such as the use of undercover female police personnel to facilitate catching this creep.
This guy must be hung like a mouse. What is with all this crap. I noticed the addresses below are where he has been. They are close…creepy.
this pervert needs a serious beating! Think of carrying a stick or umbrella and if he gets to close……shove the stick thru the spokes and hopefully he will go head over heels and then ———— also ladies get the buds out of your ears and pay attention till hes caught!!!!!!!
Thanks for your great reporting, Sunnyside Post!
Have no fear: Chrissy Quinn is on the case. The photo of her in today’s NY Post taking a “self defense” class is hilarious.
This creep needs a serious beat down.
Officer, he just slipped a and hit his face against the sidewalk….
uhm, 29 times.
Arrest him now.
Great to see such unity to catch this coward. This will not be toleranted! If I see him , he’ll be knocked off his bike and on the ground getting the “Joe Pesci” kick to the head quicker than you can say self defense.