A car thief ended up setting a vehicle on fire—after molesting a woman sleeping in the backseat. Now police have surveillance video of the suspect and hope the public can help identify him.
The grand larceny occurred last Sunday, at 2 a.m. in Queens. According to the NYPD, around Springfield Boulevard and Merrick Boulevard, the suspect "sat inside the 29 year-old male victim's unattended running car and drove away. A second victim, a 26 year-old female, was asleep in the back seat of the vehicle and awoke to find the suspect groping her."
She managed to fight him off and get out of the car near 135 Street and Farmers Boulevard, police say. Then, the suspect allegedly "drove off and parked the car in front of 140-45 Coombs Street where he set it on fire before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction."
Police describe the suspect as bald and 220 pounds and was last seen wearing a black shirt, green and black plaid shorts and blue socks.
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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.