Incident Took Place In Park Slope On Monday Afternoon

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has asked the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an assault on a police officer who had sought to ask him about a series of groping incidents in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

At 3:40 p.m. on Monday, Nov., 18, the suspect struck an officer that was questioning him about a forcible touching incident near intersection of Fifth Avenue and 9th Street in Brooklyn, police said.

The NYPD has been looking for a suspect who has been groping and pinching the buttocks of girls ages 12 or younger in Park Slope, and is believed to be connected to four separate incidents.

The special victims detective saw the man lurking around a bus stop, and noticed he fit the description and approached him. He attacked her, throwing her to the ground and injuring her shoulder, police said.

The officer the man allegedly struck was transported to Methodist Hospital and treated for a dislocated shoulder.

The suspect was described a white male who was wearing an “A Perfect Circle” T-shirt.

Anybody with information regarding the incident has been asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637[CRIMES] and entering TIP577.

Meanwhile, police have released sketch of the suspect in connection with the groping incidents, which all happened in broad daylight within the area of Fifth Avenue between Fourth and 11th streets.

He is described as being white; 25 to 35 years old; standing 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall; and having a slim build.

“It’s scary,” said Stephanie Harry, who works in Park Slope. “I hope they catch him.”

“I’d like to catch him myself … ” McGarry said. “He should be locked away. Simple. Put him in a cell somewhere and get rid of the key.”

Police have not indicated whether the man being sought in the assault on the officer is also still wanted in connection with the groping incidents.

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