2016-03-09 / Front Page

Queens Transit Cops Nab Child Pervert

By Liz Goff
Two Queens Transit cops is being applauded this week after their quick thinking helped nab a child pervert on a Manhattan-bound 7-train.

Police said an 8-year-old boy was riding with his mother on the train near the 74th Street/Broadway station in Jackson Heights at about 7:45 p.m. on February 29 when a man sitting next to him grabbed the child’s buttocks.

The boy told his mother what had happened just as the train pulled into the next station at 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, police said. The woman told the train conductor, who closed all the doors on the train to stop the pervert from fleeing.

The conductor spotted Queens Transit Police Officers Yiding Liu and Ruibing Lin on the platform and called out to them for help, police said. Liu and Lin had exited the train moments before the mother reported the incident to the conductor.

The cops called for backup, and with help from the boy, they were able to identify Johnny Flores, 41, as the pervert. Flores, of Harlem, was charged with sex abuse, forcible touching and acting in a manner imperious to a child, police said.

Police said Flores is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has four prior arrests including criminal mischief, credit card fraud and stalking, a police source said.

NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox tweeted a message to Liu and Lin for their “quick thinking” and excellent police work in making the arrest.

A top-ranking police official praised Liu and Lin for their quick action and said the two officers are “an example of the best of the Finest.”

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