Suspect in April 27, 2017 forcible touching (DCPI)
Over the past week, the police have asked for the public's help in finding three suspects in separate forcible touching incidents in the subway system. Which is also an important reminder that victims should report incidents—and that the MTA has an online form to do so.
One incident is from April 27, 2017: According to the NYPD, around 9:10 a.m. on the northbound 6 train platform at the Canal Street station in Manhattan, "an unidentified male approached a 24-year-old female victim from behind and rubbed his pelvic region on the victim's buttocks."
Cops said the man fled aboard the train and the victim sought assistance from the station booth agent.
The victim was not injured.
The police released images of the suspect (right), one taken from a Canal Street station's surveillance camera and another taken by a third party at the Canal Street station after the incident.
Suspect in June 9, 2017 forcible touching incident in Queens (DCPI)
On June 9, police say that a 17-year-old reported an incident at the Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue F train station in Queens.
Authorities say that around 7:50 a.m., she was exiting the staircase when an unidentified male touched her on the buttocks.
The suspect fled the station. He is described as being 30-40 years old, 5'4" and 155 pounds with black hair.
He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, carrying a black bag.
Police also released an image of him (left).
The third incident is from June 17 around 6:40 p.m. A 26-year-old woman was leaving the Grand Central station at Lexington Avenue and East 42nd Street by stairs when, police say, a man "approached her from behind, placed his hand under her dress and grabbed her buttocks."
Suspect in June 17 forcible touching at Grand Central (DCPI)
The suspect then fled the station. The victim was not injured.
The NYPD describes the suspect as being around 25 years old, last seen wearing a red baseball cap, white shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and carrying a black book bag.
Anyone with information in regards to 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
If you see or experience sexual misconduct in the subway (this includes seeing a masturbator, being groped, being grinded on, etc.), you can report it to the MTA and police on this website. There's also a place for you to upload photos and/or video. Don't let the perverts win.