The suspect arrested in a string of groping incidents in Brooklyn is wanted for a similar sex attack on a 26-year-old woman on the Lower East Side four years ago — and police are now checking other incidents in Manhattan to determine if he may be linked to them, DNAinfo.com has learned.
Sources told “On The Inside” that under questioning, Adolfo Martinez, 26, blamed his alleged groping proclivity on a car accident that he had when he was younger that sparked "urges."
"I have a problem. I get these little urges," Martinez allegedly said in Spanish during questioning. He then insisted that he never does anything more vicious than grabbing women, sources said. "This is all I do," he allegedly said.
According to sources, Martinez, who is facing forcible touching and sex abuse charges in Brooklyn, told investigators his urges started after the accident and that "I haven't been the same" since.
Martinez, who allegedly admitted to an incident on Monday in Brooklyn and said he "[does] this sometimes," bore scars over much of his body and had a deep gash at the base of his neck from a tracheotomy, sources said.
A couple of sharp-eyed patrol cops spotted the suspect wearing a pair of distinctive two-tone work boots while he was walking home in Brooklyn from his job at a Manhattan fish market Tuesday night.
The shoes resembled the ones worn by a man captured on surveillance video who a woman said grabbed her Monday as she walked on 39th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Sunset Park.
The suspect’s records show he was arrested Oct. 4, 2007 outside a subway station at Grand and Chrystie streets where he had allegedly grabbed a 26-year-old female straphanger.
A warrant for his arrest was issued in Feb. 2008 after he failed to show up for a court date on the forcible touching charge, records showed.
It is unclear why he was not arrested after that.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn investigators are still hunting suspects for another rash of unsolved sex attacks in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.