NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have released surveillance video of a suspect who police say is wanted for groping two young girls in Brooklyn.
It happened around 6:45 p.m. Friday in the area of 8th Avenue and 50th Street.
Police said a 6-year-old girl and her 8-year-old sister were standing in front of a building when a man walked up, inappropriately touched them and then fled.
The girls ran and told their mother, who called police, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
People who live in the community say there are a lot of children and they’re hoping the man is quickly caught.
“It is not right,” one neighbor said. “I have three kids. They don’t go outside without their mom or something.”
“It’s really crazy what he did. Messed up,” Sunset Park resident Jazmin Torrez said. “I hope they find him.”
“It’s terrible,” another resident said.
What’s even more disturbing to parents is that the incident happen in front of a home that’s not far from a pre-school, CBS2’s Erin Logan reported.
“Whoever did this, shame on you,” Fran Spano said.
Surveillance cameras captured images of the man walking around the neighborhood,
“It’s very surprising. We’ve been here like five years and it’s the first time we hear about it,” Issac Lia said.
Now that word is out, parents have been staring at pictures of the man.
The suspect is described by police a Hispanic man between the ages of 30 and 40, about 5-feet-tall with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing a red waist length coat, blue jeans and black sneakers.
With summer vacation just around the corner, residents are hoping that their neighbors will keep a closer eye out for strangers walking their neighborhood, or kids left unsupervised.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.