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Police investigating two separate incidents on the subway near Union Square last week have photos of the suspects, thanks to quick-thinking victims in each case. Gus Rosendale reports.
Police investigating two separate lewd incidents on the subway near Union Square last week have photos of the suspects because quick-thinking victims took snapshots in each case.
The first happened at about 4:10 p.m. April 18, when a man approached a 24-year-old woman while they were on the 4 train approaching Union Square, and allegedly took a photograph underneath her skirt.
The victim was able to take a picture of the suspect and turned it over to police. The suspect is described as about 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black and orange sweatshirt at the time.
Police say the same day, at about 4:30 p.m., a 34-year-old woman was riding a Manhattan-bound L train when she noticed a man staring at her and performing a lewd act.
The victim took a photo of the suspect, described as about 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with navy blue jogging pants and a black baseball cap.
The suspect exited the train at Union Square, police said.
Anyone with information on the men pictured is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or at nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and MTA Chief Joseph Lhota plan to meet Wednesday to discuss new safety measures amid a spike in subway felonies, largely related to smartphone thefts.
The NYPD has recently increased its subway presence with undercover officers posing as passengers as uniformed officers patrol the stations.
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