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Council Sponsors Self-Defense Class as Police Seek Manhattan Groper

Police say the suspect in the string of attacks is a "well-dressed"man in his 30s



    (Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012)

    The City Council is sponsoring free self-defense training as police seek a groper wanted for attacking at least four women in Manhattan over the last month and a half.

    The training, led by the Center for Anti-Violence Education, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Fencing Room in the basement of the West building at Hunter College.

    The suspect in the gropings is described as a well-dressed man in his 30s who weighs about 180 pounds and stands about 5 feet 11 inches tall.

    In the first incident, police say he walked up to a 33-year-old woman on Feb. 25 in midtown and grabbed her inner thigh before fleeing. The next day, a Sunday, he struck in Tribeca, grabbing a 31-year-old woman's buttocks before fleeing.

    The suspect struck again that Monday, approaching a 19-year-old victim from behind and grabbing her buttocks before running off.

    The most recent incident happened March 30 near Centre and Chambers streets. Police say the suspect approached a 22-year-old woman, put his hand between her legs and ran off.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online.

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