Man Who Groped Girl in Park Slope May Have Attacked Others, Police Say
PARK SLOPE — A man suspected of groping an 11-year-old girl in broad daylight as she walked through Park Slope may have attacked other children, police sources said.
The man grabbed the girl from behind as she walked past 397 4th St., near Sixth Avenue, at about 4:10 p.m. on Nov. 11, according to the NYPD.
Investigators are trying to determine if he was also involved in other sexual assaults on children in the area, a police spokesman said. CBS Channel 2 reported he was wanted in connection with four incidents, all involving girls under 12-years-old.
The suspect, who's about 5-foot-10, is believed to be between 25 and 35-years-old, police said. A sketch of him was released Tuesday night.
An undercover police officer investigating the incidents questioned a similar looking man near Fifth Avenue and 9th Street Monday about 3:40 p.m., but he abruptly turned violent and fled, the NYPD said.
The officer dislocated her shoulder and was treated at Methodist Hospital, police said.
After the assault on the officer, police released a photo of the suspect, who was wearing a baseball cap, glasses and a T-shirt with the name of the rock band A Perfect Circle.
Park Slope residents were shocked by the attacks.
Veronica Loomis, 49, said the attacks made her worried about her teenage daughter.
"It's scary. It could happen to her, it could happen to anyone," she said.
"Hopefully someone catches him really soon. He needs to go to jail for years."
"It's disturbing. Any time you have someone out there touching young girls inappropriately, it's horrible," said Debra Green, 35.
"Park Slope is very safe. I'll walk my dog at 3 or 4 in the morning. I'll definitely be more aware now, though."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).