By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man for groping a woman across the street from Peter Cooper Village over the weekend.
The woman was walking north on the west side of First Avenue near East 20th Street with her boyfriend last Sunday at 2:50 a.m. when they crossed paths with 36-year-old Michael McDonald. McDonald allegedly grabbed the victim’s breast and fled north on First Avenue.
Police said that the victim went back to her apartment while her boyfriend flagged down a nearby police officer as he was following McDonald on First Avenue. Police detained McDonald at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street. The victim returned to the street and positively identified McDonald as the man who allegedly groped her.
McDonald was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse.
His lawyer did not want to comment on the case.