2017-08-16 / Front Page

Corona Man Charged With Touching Infant On No. 7 Train

By Liz Goff
A 42-year-old Corona man is behind bars this week, after he was charged with inappropriately touching a 10-month-old girl on a Manhattan-bund No. 7 train.

Antonio Guarchaj allegedly approached the infant’s 39-year-old mother on the train at about 1:15 p.m. on August 5, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Guarchaj sat next to the mother, who was breastfeeding, the infant, touched the baby’s feet and walked away, police said. He returned moments later and asked the child’s name, then allegedly stuck his hand up the baby’s skirt and squeezed her buttocks, police said.

The mother alerted police, and NYPD Transit Police officers arrested Guarchaj moments later, at the 52nd Street/Roosevelt Avenue station.

Guarchaj, who has a history of four arrests, was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child at his arraignment at Queens Criminal

Court, where he was held in lieu of $1,000 bail. None of his prior arrests involved sex abuse, a police source said.

Guarchaj is due back in court on August 11.


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