By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police are looking for two men for alleged sex crimes that took place in the Union Square station since the end of July.
A 25-year-old woman reported to police that she was leaving the station on Wednesday, July 31 at 4:40 p.m. when an unidentified man approached her from behind, grabbed her buttocks and then fled on foot, exiting the subway system. Surveillance video (posted above) showed the suspect at the station shortly after the time of the incident. The man is wanted for forcible touching.
Police said that a case of sexual abuse occurred in Union Square on Wednesday, August 7 around 4:20 a.m. after a 47-year-old woman fell asleep on a downtown Q train. The victim told police that she woke up when the suspect touched her right shoulder with his exposed genitals. When the victim confronted the suspect, he ran off the train at Union Square and fled the station to the street.
Police described the suspect as a black man approximately 200 lbs. and 5’6”. He was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt, beige shorts and brown shoes.
Although the first incident happened at the end of July, police did not make details about the crime public until this past Wednesday.
Anyone with information in regard to either of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.