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Police Hunt for Man Who Sexually Assaulted Three Women in Upper Manhattan

By Claudio Cabrera | October 27, 2012 12:30pm

UPPER MANHATTAN — Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted three women in Washington Heights and Inwood, two of them after following them home from the subway late at night.

The NYPD released a video Friday of the suspect, and two images captured from MTA video cameras. In one of the videos, the suspect is wearing a black cargo jacket and what appears to be a black Atlanta Braves baseball cap.

In a report of an October 21 attack, when a 35-year-old woman was followed into her building at 3 a.m., the man was described as 5-foot-10, about 20 to 25 years old, and was wearing a black vest, black jeans, and plaid shirt, police said.

Deputy Inspector Barry Buzzetti, commanding officer of the 34th Precinct, told residents about the assaults at a 34th Precinct Community Council meeting Wednesday night.

"There have been two incidents where women were followed from the A-train on separate occasions to their homes around 3 or 4 a.m. in the morning and were assaulted," Buzzetti said. 

The suspect followed the victims to their apartment buildings, put them in a choke hold while covering their mouths and put his arm up their skirts, Buzzetti said.

One victim, 20, was approached near Dyckman Street, on Oct. 7 at 6:45 a.m., while another woman, 33, was attacked near 180th Street on Oct. 23, at 4:30 a.m.

Buzzetti said the victims screamed and called 911 as soon as the suspect fled.