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NYC Community 'Disgusted' By Groping Suspect

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    A New York City community is taking action against a groping suspect who authorities say targeted a woman, then forced her to touch him. 

    Authorities in the Bronx's Morris Park neighborhood are looking for a man they say exposed himself and stalked a woman on Lurting and Neill Avenues in the middle of the day on Thursday, forcing her to touch him.

    Video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows the man following the woman. Police say that once the man and his target disappeared out of the camera's view, he attacked, forcing her to touch him.

    Members of the Morris Park Community Association -- a neighborhood watch that has been patrolling the area for more than 40 years -- have also lent a hand, posting fliers and keeping an eye out for information that may help catch the suspect.

    "It disgusts me," said Al D'Angelo. "For him to do something like that to hurt someone like that to their soul. I can't describe the feeling. It churns my stomach."

    The community organization says they are stepping up nightly patrols to find the man, and a cash reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

    "When Something like this happens in the community to one of us it happens to all of us because that's how close-knit we are," D'Angelo said. 

    Anyon with information about the attacker is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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