NYPD Arrest Suspected Upper East Side Groper Jose Hernandez

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police believe they finally caught the Upper East Side groper. After three months and at least a dozen incidents, a suspect is under arrest.

Jose Perez Hernandez, 18, left the Special Victims Unit overnight moments after being charged in connection with the series of gropings. Hernandez has been charged with burglary, sexual abuse and forcibly touching several women.

Police picked up Hernandez Tuesday morning at an apartment in Queens following a tip from a building superintendent on the Upper East Side. Investigators said the super recognized the suspect from a sketch.

Hernandez worked as a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant on East 81st Street for the last six months. He was placed in a lineup and charged overnight in connection with three of the gropings.

The restaurant owner said the suspect had worked there for six months up until two weeks ago. He thought Hernandez resembled the suspect’s photo put out by police, but felt he didn’t have enough information to call police. Tips from the superintendent allowed police to trace the teen to a residence in Queens.

“Well that’s a relief. Given that I live in New York and I don’t want someone groping me,” resident Lindsay Spoler told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

For months, many women in the area were wary of being grabbed or fondled by the 4’11” man. Police said he was captured on surveillance camera, and is responsible for several incidents dating back to May.

Police said the suspect grabbed women from behind, oftentimes lifting a skirt. All the women approached were in their 20s and early 30s.

The gropings forced many in the neighborhood to change their routines.

“We usually go out at night for a walk after dinner and I just stopped. I didn’t want to deal with being paranoid looking behind my back or over my shoulder,” resident Jean Marie told CBS 2’s Kendis Gibson.

In the latest incident last Friday, a 28-year-old woman told police she was walking on a path in Central Park when she was approached by the suspect. Investigators said she fought back, kicking, punching and poking him in the eye.

If convicted, what’s the appropriate punishment in this case? Has the groping spree changed your behavior? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Upper East Side Rentals

    They finally got him!


  • Christian Shillingford

    How come all sex crimes in New York City are either by Hispanics or Jews?

    What is with their cultures that make them rape and molest people?

  • Dr. P

    The camera caught this guy’s picture on July 24., more than 2 weeks before he was arrested. His photo was plastered on the news every night. Posters with his his photo were placed all over the Upper East Side. The police described him as short. In view of the times of the attacks, they theorized that the suspect worked in a neighborhood restaurant. (The restaurant he worked at, Antonnuci Cafe is located on E.81 ST.). Yet his co workers and the owner of the restaurant never contacted the police despite the fact that the attacks continued and became more aggressive. The fact that the perpetrator is illegal is all the more galling. I, for one, will never patronize this neighborhood restaurant again.. Apparently, they place a higher value on the well being of an illegal person over the safety and welfare of the women in the neighborhood. Some of these women are their customers. I hope these women strike back by ceasing to support this establishment.

    • NY ICE

      This is Joanna from NY ICE (New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement). MANY of our New York City restaurants employ illegal aliens, which is ILLEGAL to do in the first place. Employers who hire them are committing a crime.

      In many Mexican towns, the legal age for a young girl to consent to sex is 12 years old!! And, illegals from Mexico are NOT assimilated, so they are walking around thinking it is culturally sanctioned to have sex with a 12 year old girl. And, since they come here illegally, they bypass the screening process for true immigrants, which would include a screening for criminal pasts, among other things. There are 25 Americans killed EVERY DAY by someone illegally in our Country. And, that is not counting the sexual predators and the ones that take jobs from Americans.

      We should not have to ask and beg our own government to enforce its own immigration laws.

      Sadly, because our Federal Government has failed to enforce its own immigration laws, it’s up to the individual states and US to end this infiltration.

      You can contact me directly through email: progressrose@yahoo.com

  • Grope This

    his nickname in prison wil be chi chi the dwarf ass clown.

  • Pedro A.

    It is clear that there’s a conspiracy in the city, to protect the Mexican illegal aliens.
    No where, in any of the newspapers or TV stations, do any reporter indicate the fact that this man is a MEXICAN ILLEGAL ALIEN. HOW COME?… do you remember the woman that stood up to another creep on the train, about a year ago, and she recorded him with her cell phone? … he was also a MEXICAN ILLEGAL ALIEN. And there are at least 2 more gropers, assaulting women in the city. WHY ARE THE CITY OFFICIALS HIDING THE FACT THAT THESE GROPERS ARE MEXICAN ILLEGAL ALIENS?

  • iggy

    wow, real nice people live in the toxic dump new jersey, the idiot goombahs and just plain idiots.

  • iggy

    the true punishment is if convicted, he is put in the general population and not protected custody. this way he will learn the real meaning of “groped.”

  • Chihuahua

    Cut off his Chaaluupa and deport him!

    • lydiass

      Chop his hands off, like in other countries, or put a bullet though his head.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.


        lydiass hole…yo sure got gaul as big as your arse…another commercial..another troll by day or night…should chop your stupid head..your stupid head

  • Brutus

    Immigrants. Here to do the groping American men are too lazy to do. Right?

    Be careful what you wish for, liberal NYC.

    • iggy

      actually be careful of what you wish for nazi-conservative NYC

    • slim pickens

      right on

  • LeftWingLiberalObamaLover

    Let him Go!!!!!! He’s been through enough!!!

  • Bob Fowler

    Have we as a people degenerated to the point of every crime must be punishable by death? Is mutilation really called for every time someone touches another?

    He’s an 18 year old who has been accused of touching women inappropriately. He has not been convicted. Nor has he been proven to be here illegally. We have a schedule of penalties for different crimes in America. We try to make the punishment fit the crime.

    If he is convicted, I am all for sending him to prison for a while, where Bubba and the boys will teach him what inappropriate touching is all about. I too will hold the door open for him to leave, if he is here illegally. But must we really put him to death? How many of us would measure up to the standards that we hold others to?

    Look in the mirror and see if the person there is really beyond reproach.

    • Very conservative

      Death is a bit severe, but I would put a lot of money on that he is here illegally and a little less on him being the groper.

    • TheTruth

      Hey Bobbert,
      I guess your daughter and/or wife wasn’t accosted. Maybe you would feel differently then…And do you reeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyy think he’s legal?…Take the blinders off. Can the self rightiousness…

      • Bob Fowler

        No truth, it isn’t self righteousness. And no, my wife or daughter wasn’t accosted. And no, I don’t think that he is here legally. Blindness isn’t the issue either.

        In America though, until a person is convicted, do you really think it right to demand his death and mutilation? Now, if my wife or daughter had been accosted, I would have convicted him based upon evidence presented to me, and his legal status would not have been an issue, nor would the sentence imposed.

        By the way, I am a bit curious as to why you hide behind so many pseudo-names? Are you ashamed of who you are and what you stand for and believe in? It is easy to be an internet tough guy, as you again have proven with your immature “Bobbert”. Grow a set, and stand up front, and stop hiding behind witty names. Never mind, you don’t have the stones for that.

      • Lisa Fowler

        So sorry for uncle bob,’s comments off the meds.Yes he should be put down like a dog for what he did to all these woman .You have to excuse Bob not exactly a ladies man if you know what i mean.

  • Very conservative

    ¡deportes mexícanos ahora!

    • itsnotme

      I’m not 100% sure but I think you just said:
      “Mexican Sports Now!”
      why you would say that…I don’t know, but perhaps you’re a fan of soccer? Or maybe ‘groping’ is a Mexican sport?

  • pugphan

    You won’t have to worry about him anymore, because I Gwarantee ya when he
    comes out of jail he will be happily gay. Da bubbas in jail will make sure of that. No
    doubt! smokersodysseycom

  • Lorraine

    He’s a young man with a high testosterone level who probably just discovered it and can’t seem to either get it under control or find a girlfriend. As a mother of 4 boys it’s up to his mother/father to have spoken with him a long time ago regarding this matter. Now based on his sexual peek he will be imprisoned because he couldn’t seem to control himself.
    Now Bubba will teach him the lesson he should have been taught, Respect others and you don’t violate a woman sexually.
    The streets will be just a bit safer now that he has been caught.
    I commend the Police Dept. for their diligence.

  • the bandid

    he is innocent until proving guilty, that’s the american way

  • NJ Reader

    Come on people he is an 18 yr old pervert…a bullet? Seriously??? And did anyone look at the surveilence photo from a couple weeks ago? Could his hair grow that much in a few weeks? Do you think it looks like the same guy??

    • Nice Try

      Shut-up!!! Maybe your wonderful indian president should invite him over to the black house and tell him “nice job”! Stay in your armpit smelling city, this news source has nothing to do with you. MYOB

      • juanito

        I’m just wondering… if the kid’s white will you react this way? Maybe not… looks like you’re not bias when it comes to race and gender…

      • He is guilty

        Juanito i take it your spanish.People like this little pervert should be put in prison for life our woman and children should not be subjected to this .A bullet to his head would be nice but a waste of a bullet.What should happen is put him in room with victims and there families.

      • Marius Satori

        Dude? Really?!? Is this really what you are made of?

  • About Time

    It’s about time he has been caught. Sentence him to the maximum. Put him in Attica. And when his time is done deport him back to where he came from. Kudos to the building super. I hope ALL the women he abused come forward. Send a message to other creeps that this behaviour is not acceptable.

  • Rich

    Chop his hands off, like in other countries, or put a bullet though his head.

    • send him back

      Yes bullet in head would be nice .Do people actually think he will not do this again deport this animal.

    • KPMc

      Yes… let’s do like the countries we pretend to be better than. Maybe some form of Sharia law will work better for us.

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