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Sunnyside: Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Touched Woman’s Buttocks, Tried to Steal Her iPhone

44th and Greenpoint Ave.

44th and Greenpoint Ave. (Google Earth)

May 24, 2015 By Christian Murray

A 20-year-old man was arrested in Sunnyside after he allegedly touched a woman’s buttocks and tried to steal her cell phone at about 2 am this morning.

Jose Cruz, who lives at 51-15 34th Street, allegedly approached a 29-year-old woman at the intersection of 44th Street and Greenpoint Ave. and tried to steal her possessions—including her iPhone. He failed to take off with the iPhone but damaged the screen, the police said.

Cruz allegedly put his hands on the back of the woman’s hips and touched her buttocks.

Cruz was arrested at 2:30 am and was charged with grand larceny, forcible touching, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property.


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It takes “two to tango.” One can’t help wondering why this 29-year-old woman was out walking at 2:00 in the morning.


I agree, she should be home washing her husband’s feet? Or maybe we should have a curfew for women, how would you like that? Believe it or not, there are women who work late shifts and does not have a teleporter or a chopper service to drop them in front of their home. Everyone deserve a safe living and walking environment, regardless of the time of the day. And if she was turning tricks, which we don’t know, then it’s cops’ responsibility to get rid of them.

El loco

Let the punishment fit the crime. The woman should be able to grab his buttocks. Just like the woman who pushed the guy in front of the subway train should also be pushed in front of a subway.


Really not sure what it adds to give the guy’s address, if you think where he’s from is relevant I think giving a neighborhood would have been sufficient…seems like poor judgment.

tv land fan

So this is “Mayberry Near Midtown”? Anyone remember that episode where those latino dudes were grabbin azz on main st in Mayberry? This is like deja vu all over again! I think that was the episode where Barney said ” You got to nip it in the bud, Andy! NIP IT IN THE BUD!!!” . A real classic!

mr obvious states the obvious and nothing else

is it normal for media to give the alleged criminals address? unless youre trying to make a point that he comes that hell hole over there in Blissville.

Boyd Rice

Maybe in a court of law but this is the court of public opinion on the Internet! GUILTY!!!!! GUILTY!!!! GUILTY!!!!!


Was the huge camera pole at the corner the reason this guy was caught, because I seriously doubt they could catch this guy if he did this anywhere else. There is a very obvious youth situation going on in our neighborhood and this proves that these people are not residents of sunnyside. I see them hanging out on corners of certain buildings, they must have some friends in the area, they also walk in groups yelling and screaming, I’ve never seen any cops around at night, unless they are rushing to some crime scene with their lights and sirens (crime that we never get to hear about, which means nothing really happened). Just two nights ago, there was either brawl or some kind of drunkards meeting on 48th ave and 45th, It went on for about 5-6 minutes then they started walking towards the blvd then about 2 hrs later they came down walking back, I guess I should have called the cops when I heard them first, but I wonder if cops will make rounds in the neighborhood to see if these people walk around or not.

Anyway, it’s still a nice neighborhood but lack of friendly neighborhood cops is a shame and I think main reason for this is 108 has to look after a huge area and precinct is way tooooo far from us.


This creature should be given a life sentence so that only thing he can touch for pleasure is his junk.


Maybe he should be hanged? I am glad people like you don’t decide for rest of us.


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