NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating a string of attacks on women in the Bronx.
They’re looking for a man they say sexually assaulted three women in a very short period of time, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Sunday.READ MORE: Annual Juneteenth Festival In Bedford-Stuyvesant Takes On New Meaning In 2021
The women of Baychester have been warned about a sexual predator, who was captured on security video on Thursday night, when police say he groped two women and attempted to rape a third.
The attacks were one after the other in the span of a single hour, police said.
“It’s very scary, very scary,” said Co-Op City resident Corrine Sapp.
Sapp waited for a bus on Sunday, worried the suspect is still out there following two of the attacks just steps away from where she lives on Baychester Avenue near Donizetti Place.
“I think it’s best if they have cops patrolling more, so then they are doing to make us feel safe,” Sapp said.
Some residents here learned about the incidents from investigators as police went door to door, Carlin reported.
“They said it happened here in front of the house,” Jennifer Valderrama said.READ MORE: Georgia Man Arrested For 2020 Rape Of Woman Who Was Dragged Into Queens Alley
Valderrama lives closest to the spot on Bartow Avenue where the first crime happened.
A 52-year-old woman was walking around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday when police say the man grabbed her sexually from behind, then moved in front of her and grabbed her again.
He then fled to Baychester Avenue and attacked a 44-year-old woman, who told police she was in her parked car at 8:10 p.m. when the man got into it on the passenger side, and grabbed her sexually.
She fought back screaming and he ran from the vehicle, police said.
However, he stayed on the block and just seven minutes later police say he grabbed a 48-year-old woman, surprising her from behind as she retrieved items that were inside her parked car.
“Be careful because you don’t know who’s who,” one woman said.
“Look out, pay attention and be more vigilant,” a man added.
“But I hope they find him and quick,” Co-Op City resident Cynthia Wilder added.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 24-Year-Old Driver Struck, Seriously Hurt Woman During Brooklyn Carjacking
Police said the suspect had on a green hooded jacket, jeans and black boots, adding he’ll face forcible touching charges in two of the cases, and an attempted rape charge for the incident inside the woman’s car.