NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man suspected of groping women in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is in custody, sources tell 1010 WINS.
The man was taken into custody after a victim spotted him on the street Thursday and called police, sources said.READ MORE: Sam Metcalfe, Paralyzed By Stray Bullet In Brooklyn, Speaks Out: 'The Person Who Shot Me Was Hunting A Young Man'
Police put the woman in a patrol car and drove her around the neighborhood until she spotted the man and identified him, sources said.
There have been previous reports that the man was suspected in as many as nine cases, but sources tell Papa that he is linked to three specific cases in the area.
Earlier, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported two incidents that occurred on Humboldt Street were reported to police, and several other women who believed they were victims of the same man shared their stories on a popular local parenting website.READ MORE: 'Cafe Maddy Cab' Helps Pay Cab Fare For Asian People Fearful Of Taking The Subway
A resident named Cory told Schuck that his girlfriend had also recently had a troubling experience on Humboldt Street.
“My girlfriend last week was victimized by a man taking an upskirt photo who used a camera phone and took a picture up her skirt and ran off after she confronted him on the issue,” he said. “It’s the sort of thing you don’t think of happening in a neighborhood like this that is otherwise very safe and very amiable. It’s pretty unsettling.”
Residents had been on high alert since the gropings began.MORE NEWS: Newark Police Officers, Community Members Credited For Bringing Man Attempting Suicide To Safety
“We have a lot of retired people in the neighborhood who are out 18 hours a day on their stoop looking to see what’s going on,” one man said. “I am worried. It’s a tight community, we all know each other, we keep an eye out for strangers, I’ve not seen him. We need to keep a closer eye on what’s going on and report things that we see.”