NYPD cops seek man accused of trying rape two women on subway in separate assaults

Cops released this image of the suspect.
Cops released this image of the suspect. (NYPD)

A diminutive creep who was prowling New York City’s subways over the weekend sexually assaulted two women within the span of a few hours, police said Monday.
The suspect, sporting a Florida Marlins baseball cap and standing about 5-foot-4, attempted to rape a woman on the Upper West Side just before midnight Saturday, then struck again in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.
In the first incident, the suspect slipped behind a 36-year-old woman as she exited a 1 train going south at the Broadway/W. 72nd St. station. As the woman crossed the platform to board a 3 train, the suspect blocked her from entering the train, police said.
He dragged the terrified woman toward the end of the platform while groping her and trying to forcibly remove her pants, cops alleged.
The woman fought back, scratching and clawing his face. The attacker finally let her go and fled and medics took the woman to Mount Sinai West with minor injuries.
Less than two hours later, at 1:10 a.m., the same suspect punched a 25-year-old woman on a subway headed toward Prospect Park station in Park Slope. The blow knocked the woman on the subway seats and then onto the car floor.
Cops said the suspect pounced on the dazed woman and tried to remove her clothes. A witness signaled the train conductor who entered the car and yelled at the suspect. The man fled, police said, but not before his victim snapped his photo.
Police released the image of the suspect, describing him as 25 to 30 years old, weighing 140 pounds, and wearing the Marlins cap, a black and green windbreaker, blue jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information can call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. Calls are confidential.

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