New Search For Jackson Heights Groper
Queens detectives are searching the streets of the borough for yet another groper who sexually assaulted two women in Jackson Heights.
Cops said the suspect crept up behind an 18-year-old woman and groped her at about 3:10 p.m. on July 21, as the victim was walking on 88th Street.
The same man struck again on July 22, when he groped a 21-year-old woman near the same location, police said.
Local volunteers hit the streets with Councilmember Daniel Dromm on August 10, handing out flyers with a sketch of the suspect and a series of phone numbers for use by victims and eyewitnesses.
The suspect is described as a male Hispanic with a medium complexion, 25-30 years old, 5-feet, 5-inches tall, with black hair and a slim build. The man was wearing sunglasses with black lenses at the time of the two attacks.
In an unrelated matter, police last week arrested a suspect at an apartment in Corona, charged with molesting a dozen women on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Cops received a solid tip on the whereabouts of Jose Alfredo Perez Hernandez, 18, when a building superintendent in Corona recognized him from surveillance video and alerted police, law enforcement sources said.
Cops tracked Hernandez via his cell phone to an apartment on 34th Avenue, where he was arrested on August 8 and slapped with dozens of charges, including sex abuse, forcible touching and burglary.
Hernandez, who stands a mere 5-feet, 1-inch tall, remained silent at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where he was held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Three groping victims who viewed a police lineup on August 9 identified Hernandez as the man who attacked them, police sources said.
Meanwhile, detectives at the Queens Special Victims Squad this week continued their search for a suspect sought for groping more than 20 women in Astoria.
Police at the 114th Precinct last month arrested one suspect described as a copycat groper, charged in multiple attacks.
Cops said the original Astoria groper is still at large and are reminding women to stay alert and report any incident to police at the 114th Precinct.
Victims may report an incident by calling the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or by clicking www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Cops are asking anyone with information on each of these suspects to call the hotline or visit the We site.