Cops on lookout for subway groper at Union Square

Forcible touching suspect

Cops are looking for a man who grabbed a woman’s behind on a southbound 4 train on Friday, January 4. It was around 8:40 a.m. when, as the train was leaving Union Square, the man groped the 37-year-old victim. She managed to get a photo of the suspect on her phone before she got off the train at the Brooklyn Bridge station. The suspect remained on the train.

He is described as being black, 60 to 65 years old and 5’8″ to 5’9″ tall. He was last seen wearing a gray knit cap, a dark, colored hooded sweater and a green jacket.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident 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 CrimeStoppers website at, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Creep grabs six-year-old boy’s crotch at Union Square Barnes & Noble

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Forcible touching suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are on the lookout for a man who groped a six-year-old boy in front of his mother at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.

Police said that on Wednesday, August 29 at 4 p.m., the man approached the victim on the second floor of the bookstore at 33 East 17th Street and grabbed his buttocks as well as his groin area. The mother caught him as he leaned in to touch the boy’s leg and his hip and when she confronted him, the man said, “I was trying to help him. I’m sorry.” He then fled the location.

The victim wasn’t injured.

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Forcible touching suspect

The suspect is described as black, 18-20 years old, about 5’8″ tall, and 170 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last observed wearing a multi-colored short-sleeved shirt, dark jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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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First Ave. spa employee accused of molesting woman

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 54-year-old man after he allegedly groped and tried to kiss a woman during a massage the Angel Hands Salon at 277 First Avenue.

The 29-year-old victim said she was assaulted by the masseur in the salon across from Stuyvesant Town. The New York Post first reported that Xiagliu Zang was arrested for the incident on Saturday. He was charged with forcible touching and sex abuse.

The victim told police that while Zang was performing the massage, he allegedly began to touch her breast forcibly while massaging them, and police said that he also put his mouth on her and forcibly began to suck on her breast. Zang also allegedly kissed her on the lips while allegedly putting his hand in the victim’s underwear between her legs without her consent.

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Union Sq. subway suspected ‘grinder’ arrested

Forcible touching suspect

Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a “grinding” incident at the Union Square subway.

The victim, a 33-year-old woman, had told police that on October 4, she felt a man rubbing his exposed penis on her backside while they were on an uptown 4 train. She spotted the same man over a month later at the same subway stop, took his photo and passed it on to cops. On Tuesday, January 2, police arrested Naeem Thompson, 28, of Queens. He’s been charged with forcible touching.

Man rubs against woman on L train at First Avenue

Forcible touching suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a man who rubbed himself against a female straphanger on the L train last Wednesday.

Police said the victim, a 33-year-old woman, was on the train at the First Avenue station when a man who was standing behind her forcibly rubbed himself against her buttocks. The victim then snapped a photo of the man who was sticking out his tongue before he fled the train. Police said it isn’t clear if the man was grinding against the woman with his crotch.

Update: The victim told DNAinfo he was gyrating his hips repeatedly and she could feel he was aroused.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’6″ with brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt.

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Man gropes woman in Stuyvesant Town elevator

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a man who groped a 30-year-old woman inside her building in Stuyvesant Town on Tuesday.

Police said that around 5:40 p.m., the suspect followed the victim inside her building, which is located in the vicinity of East 14th Street and the 14th Street Loop. He then followed her into an elevator and got out on the second floor, but as the elevator door was about to close he got back in and pressed the fifth floor button. When the elevator reached the fourth floor, and the victim was getting out, the man grabbed her buttocks under her skirt.

The victim then smacked the man and screamed, but according to cops, the suspect remained in the elevator for a time with the doors closed. He then fled the building in an unknown direction.

Police also believe the suspect had followed the victim as she was walking home from the subway station on 14th Street and First Avenue.

The suspect is described as Asian with a light complexion, approximately 20-27 years of age, 5’4″, 150 lbs., brown eyes, black hair, last seen wearing a black baseball hat, black sneakers, white shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Man wanted for gropings at 23rd St. R/W station

Groping suspect

Groping suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man who groped multiple women while donning out-of-season headwear in the Flatiron District earlier this month.

Police said that the unidentified man approached a 32-year-old woman on the platform of the 23rd Street R/W station on February 8 between 7 and 7:30 p.m. and grabbed her buttocks before exiting the subway system. He then allegedly grabbed a 34-year-old woman on the buttocks while she was on the stairs going up to the street level. Police said that the man then walked west on West 22nd Street. The two incidents were reported separately at later times.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 by texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are strictly confidential.

Resident arrested for Stuy Town laundry room ‘groping’

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A Stuyvesant Town resident was arrested for forcible touching and sexual abuse in a Stuy Town laundry room in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Jason Wilner, 27, was arrested at 449 East 14th Street on January 15 at 1:41 a.m. after allegedly groping another resident while she was doing laundry.

The victim told police that she was folding her clothes in the building’s laundry room when Wilner approached her, put his right arm around her and allegedly grabbed her buttocks. She said that she told Wilner to stop but he allegedly continued to touch her and grabbed her buttocks at least two more times.

“The safety and security of our residents is a priority for management,” Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs Paula Chirhart said regarding the incident. “Management and public safety are fully cooperating with the NYPD on this incident. We will not allow for any behavior that puts resident safety at risk.”

Wilner’s lawyer did not return a request for comment.

Police looking for L train groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Police are on the lookout for a dark-haired creep who grabbed a woman’s butt several times while she was riding the L train. Once the train got to Union Square, the 25-year-old victim managed to take a couple of photos of the man before he fled.

The incident occurred on Thursday, December 11, but police only released the information on Wednesday evening.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch, May 22

A 36-year-old man reported that he was assaulted in front of No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at 263 First Avenue last Thursday at 9:30 p.m. He told police that he got into a fight with an unknown person who punched him in the face multiple times, causing a cut on his lips. The man then fled north on First Avenue. No arrests have been made.

An employee of Whole Foods told police that she was driving a vehicle belonging to her company at the northeast corner of First Avenue and East 20th Street last Saturday at 9:15 p.m. when she was involved in an accident. She told police that the other vehicle left the scene without stopping to exchange information.

A 37-year-old man reported that his car was broken into last Friday while it was parked in front of his office 225 East 17th Street. He told police that he parked the car on the south side of the street around 4 p.m. to go to work and the car was locked with all the windows rolled up. When he returned to the car at 9:10 p.m., he said that the contents of his glove box and car were thrown around and that three prescription pads were missing from the middle console. He said that he was sure the pads were in the car before he left. He said that none of the windows were broken but the back driver’s side window was lowered about one or two inches. There were no signs of forced entry.

Police arrested 22-year-old Alexander Zuluaga for intoxicated driving last Saturday at 5:10 a.m. at the northeast corner of the FDR and East 23rd Street. Police were responding to a motor vehicle accident at the scene and Zuluaga, one of the drivers involved, allegedly had the smell of alcohol on him and admitted that he had been drinking prior to the accident. He blew .132 on a Breathalyzer at the scene, police said.

Police arrested 53-year-old Eduardo Caraball for criminal possession of stolen property inside the flea market at Immaculate Conception in front of 409 East 14th Street last Saturday at 10:55 a.m. A plainclothes officer was inside the flea market in the church courtyard, a fencing-prone location, where Caraball was seen allegedly selling a white Galaxy Samsung phone that had been stolen from someone inside the 59th Street subway station last Wednesday.

A 48-year-old man reported that his bike was stolen after he parked it in front of 1 Rutherford Place last Wednesday at 10 p.m. He told police that he locked the bike to a pole and when he returned the next day at 8:36 a.m., the bicycle was gone but the lock was still attached to the pole.

Police arrested 38-year-old Erin Beck for obstruction of government administration last Friday at 11:37 p.m. in front of 150 East 18th Street. Beck asked a cab driver to bring her to East 18th Street and Irving Place and after arriving, her debit card was declined multiple times when she tried to pay the $20 fare.
Beck told the driver that if he brought her to her apartment at 105 East 18th Street, she would go up and get cash to pay the fare. She said that she would give the driver her declined card to hold as a way to prove that she would come back down. The driver waited about an hour before notifying the police and upon going up to her apartment, she refused to pay the fare initially, police said.
When she was told of the consequences of not paying, she allegedly took a jar of coins from her closet and shoved them in the arresting officer’s face. She allegedly told police to “get the f— out” of her apartment and refused to go downstairs to give the coins to the driver.

Police arrested 58-year-old Adrian Cook for criminal possession of stolen property last Saturday at 2:05 a.m. at the southwest corner of Irving Place and East 14th Street. Cook was on the sidewalk allegedly searching through a blue backpack not belonging to him, containing an Apple laptop, computer charger, cell phone charger and vitamins. Cook allegedly threw the backpack into the trash in an effort to conceal the crime. He was also found in possession of a crack pipe containing residue.

A 36-year-old man reported that he was assaulted while outside the Society Billiard Bar at 10 East 21st Street last Saturday at 3:45 a.m. He told police that he was leaving the bar when he bumped into someone else and they got into an argument. The other man then hit him on the head forcefully and several other men proceeded to punch and kick the victim, causing bruising and substantial pain. He said that he didn’t know the men who assaulted him and the men all fled in an unknown direction.

Police arrested 26-year-old Tymel Morgan for menacing inside NYC Wine Merchants at 745 Sixth Avenue last Friday at 4:39 p.m. The store owner told police that Morgan entered the store and removed a bottle of Terra Andina wine from the store without paying, so the owner followed him outside. Morgan then put the bottle on the ground, allowing the owner to take the bottle back. About 15 minutes later, Morgan returned to the store and when the owner asked him to leave, Morgan allegedly swung a broken beer bottle in the owner’s face in a threatening manner. Morgan allegedly became irate and started smashing bottles in the store, damaging six bottles of wine and then fled. He ran north on Sixth Avenue and police apprehended him in front of 125 West 24th Street.

Police arrested 45-year-old Robert Virgilio for assault inside the BRC at 127 West 25th Street last Friday at 4:30 p.m. Virgilio allegedly attacked two EMS workers who were on duty. One of the workers was punched and scratched in the face and the second was bit on the right side of his chest, kicked in the leg and punched in the back of the neck by Virgilio, police said.

A 49-year-old woman reported that she was harassed while she was bringing her son to PS 40 at 320 East 20th Street last Thursday at 9:35 a.m. She told police that she got into an argument with another parent, who has been harassing her over the last few months. Her son and the other woman’s son both go to PS 40 and live in the same building complex. She is in fear for her own safety and that of her son’s and is very alarmed. The school suggested that she file a police report about the incident.

Police arrested 32-year-old Shaunell Rios for forcible touching inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Rios allegedly rubbed and bumped his groin on a 38-year-old woman’s buttocks while on a downtown 5 train from 42nd Street Grand Central.

Police arrested 48-year-old Duval Simmons for grand larceny at the northeast corner of Third Avenue and East 14th Street last Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. While riding an Eighth Avenue-bound L train, police saw Simmons put his jacket over his right arm and allegedly put his hands inside the pants pocket of a 70-year-old man in an attempt to remove his property. Simmons stiffened up and flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed.

Police arrested 27-year-old Ariel Visoso for unlawful surveillance last Thursday at 12:15 p.m. inside the Union Square subway station. Visoso allegedly placed a cell phone underneath the skirt of multiple women who were walking up the stairs while the recording feature was activated.

Police arrested 32-year-old Latrice Gregory for grand larceny inside the Banco Popular at 441 Second Avenue last Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Gregory allegedly went to the bank and opened a checking account with forged identification. She then tried to take an $8,000 loan once the account was opened and was pre-approved, police said.

Suspect wanted for ‘forcible touching’ on 21st Street and First Avenue

Sketch of suspect wanted for forcible touching.

The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for forcible touching within the confines of the 13th Precinct.

The incident occurred on March 7 at around 11:30 a.m., when the suspect approached the 11-year-old victim inside of a Dunkin Donuts, located at 361 East 21st Street. The suspect, who was described as a 50-60-year-old white man, allegedly touched her inappropriately and fled the scene. There were no reported injuries. The suspect is described to be of heavy set with short gray hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call  800-577-TIPS or submit tips online at All calls are confidential.