With more than one serial groper still on the loose in Brooklyn, self-defense classes are popping up everywhere from Park Slope to Sunset Park.
Just before 8 p.m. Monday, police responded to an incident in Sunset Park in which a woman claimed a male Hispanic in his 20s grabbed her buttocks before running off.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said detectives were taking laptops around town and showing surveillance video evidence to witnesses, victims and even defendants in central booking.
Police say Federico Chamorro Yax, 22, faces assault, sex abuse and forcible touching charges following two incidents.
The attack happened on Sunday, Sept. 25 around 1:30 a.m. around Bushwick and Johnson avenues. Police say the suspect grabbed a 25-year-old woman, threw her to the ground and tried to rape her.
Investigators released a photo of a jacket they said was similar to what one the suspects may have been wearing.
“We just don’t know who’s going to be the next victim and it’s really scary,” Julie Pena said.
A woman told investigators she was fondled by a man as she left the subway station at 4th and Prospect avenues in Greenwood Heights.
Brooklyn residents are taking back their streets — by force. A string of high-profile attacks, including one captured by surveillance cameras, sent hundreds of people into the streets Wednesday night.
There have been eight attempted rapes and one successful one since March in several Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The latest incident happened last Friday night as the victim left the Prospect Ave. subway station around 8:30 p.m. Police said the woman was jumped from behind but managed to fight the attacker off.
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