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Suspects Sought in Union Square Subway Lewdness, Surveillance

The victims in each case were able to take photos of the suspects

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 

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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