By Adam Nichols and Leslie Albrecht
MANHATTAN — A Central Park jogger was sexually assaulted by a man as she took an early morning run Friday, police said.
Detectives are trying determine whether the man, who was arrested close to the scene, is linked to a spate of sex crimes that has terrified women on the Upper East Side since January.
The jogger, 41, was groped as she ran on East Drive, near 72nd Street, at 5:40 a.m., police said.
The man, named by police as Eusebio Molina, 26, from the Bronx, allegedly came behind her and grabbed her backside.
The woman found two police officers patrolling the park, who tracked Molina down at 80th Street and East Drive. He was identified by the woman, police said.
He has been charged with one count of sexual abuse.
"We don't know yet [if he's connected to other attacks], but we will certainly look to see if that could be the case," a police source said.
That man has groped at least seven women in the neighborhood since January 5.
Friday's alleged attacker was walked out of the Central Park precinct at about 10 a.m. Friday.