MANHATTAN — Cops are investigating whether a new sex attack on the Upper East Side is part of a pattern of gropings in the neighborhood, sources said.
The victim, who is in her 20s, was at the turnstile in the Lexington Avenue/59th Street subway station just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday when the suspect approached her from behind and lifted up her skirt.
Sources said that the victim yelled and fled.
Investigators are trying to determine if the suspect, whose description was not provided, is the same one wanted in a series of attacks in the neighborhood that began in January.
In those eight cases, the most recent of which came this month, the suspect, described as between 4-foot-11 and 5-foot-3, approached the women from behind at or near their homes and groped them, police said.
All of the victims were young women in their 20s and early 30s.
Police have released a sketch of the suspect in those attacks as well as a video of him inside the 77th Street station on the Lexington Avenue line.