Woman groped at 6 train station on East 23rd Street

Groping suspect

Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman’s butt as she left the 6 train station at Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street.

The 26-year-old victim was walking up the stairs to leave the station when the man groped her and ran off on East 23rd Street. The incident happened on the morning of Friday, June 8, although police released the information this week.

The suspect is described as being black, 50 to 55 years of age, approximately 5’9″ to 5’11”, bald and has a slim build. He was wearing a green t-shirt, dark colored pants, tan boots, a tan hat and black sunglasses.

Police also reported two other similar groping incidents in the subway in Manhattan this week with different suspects in each case.

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Man charged with rape in Chelsea garage

Garage at 133 West 22nd Street

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a man for allegedly raping a woman in a parking garage in Chelsea on West 22nd Street after she asked him for directions.

The victim told police that she was going to meet up with a friend on Thursday, July 12 around 1:30 a.m. but wasn’t sure what the exact address was, so she asked for directions from 27-year-old Tobey McDonald, who was standing in front of the parking garage at 133 West 22nd Street.

He told her that he wasn’t sure where the location was either, but said that his phone was charging in an office inside the garage and he could look it up for her.

The victim said that she followed him into the office in the garage, where McDonald allegedly pulled out his penis and asked the victim for oral sex.

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Outpouring of support for separated immigrant families shown in drive

Ibiza Kidz owner Carole Husiak with Council Member Keith Powers by some of the donated items (Photo courtesy of Keith Powers)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Motivated by recent news stories of children getting separated from their parents at the country’s southern border, local moms have collected more than a hundred donations in the last month for the children who have been displaced in New York.

Stuyvesant Town residents Rebekah Rosler and Emily Anderson, who started a company called MomMeetUps earlier this year for expectant and new mothers, reached out to their network when the story broke at the end of June and directed residents to drop off items at local shop Ibiza Kidz, where owner Carole Husiak, herself a Stuy Town resident, has also been soliciting donations from charitable people in the neighborhood through a Stuyvesant Town moms Facebook group.

“It was a community effort and because I’m a central neighborhood shop, it was a good place to bring things,” Husiak said. “That’s how it evolved. Everyone kind of jumped on it because we’re incensed by all this.”

Husiak has previously worked with civic-minded neighborhood residents, helping a local non-profit organization collect items for Syrian refugees last April. Husiak told Town & Village at the time that the organization was having trouble finding space for the donations so she volunteered her store as a drop-off site.

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Question for readers: What can straphangers do when witnessing violence?

Menacing suspect

Photo of suspect

Earlier this week, police released portions of a video showing a man threatening a fellow straphanger with a knife after he tried to intervene when seeing the other man hit his toddler. The suspect, seen on the E train in Greenwich Village, has since been arrested.

Town & Village is asking readers for their thoughts on what sensible actions can be taken by straphangers who witness acts of violence. This can include a parent disciplining a child or an argument between two people if it appears to cross the line into abusive behavior. Calling the police isn’t always an option if passengers don’t have phone service due to where they are in a subway system.

We welcome reader feedback at editor@townvillage.net or as comments here. Names will be withheld upon request.