2007_07_evsus.jpgEarly this morning, a 20-year-old woman was groped on East 9th Street. The victim told police she was followed into her building at 312 East 9th Street around 2AM; the attacker came up from behind. WABC 7 reports that after grabbing and groping the woman, the attacker fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a 20-something Hispanic man, around 5'9", with a stocky, muscular build. The police are investigating whether this attack is connected to other incidents in the East Village and Lower East Side. A 30-year-old was attacked on July 7, a 24-year-old on July 12, and this past Friday, a 33-year-old was grabbed (her neighbors encountered but were unsuccessful in detaining the attacker). All the attacks occurred in the early morning.

Update: The Post describes the man in the sketch as a "bike-riding pervert" - he was "masturbating on his bike" before following the 24-year-old woman into her Chinatown building on July 12. The July 7 attack was in the East Village, the July 13 attack was on East 12th. A police source told the Daily News, "He follows people into their residence. He comes up behind them and choke holds them."