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Police search for assault suspects

Politians react to a spate of attacks in Queens neighborhoods

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Thu Apr 19, 2012.

Police are searching for two men after separate incidents of assault committed against women.

At 5:45 a.m. April 8, Sunnyside resident Mike Novak heard a woman yelling for help.He ran outside and the suspect, a Hispanic man in his late 20s, took off northbound along 46th Street, according to spokesman for councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside).

“One sexual assault against any woman in this city is one too many,”Van Bramer said. “Sunnyside is one of the safest communities in New York Cityand we all must be vigilant as a community.”

The woman sustained minor injuries.

In the 108th Precinct where the incident occurred, misdemeanor sex crimes are up 85 percent so far this year when compared to the same four-month period last year. However, misdemeanor assaults decreased 11.6 percent in the same time frame.

“The recent uptick in sex-related attacks in our neighborhood is intolerable,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D- Astoria).

Van Bramer and other elected officials handed out fliers on Tuesday in the neighborhood detailing the perpetrator’s appearance.

Nearby, in Jackson Heights, a man is wanted for four reported gropings.

A spokesman for Van Bramer said as of now the two suspects are not linked.

The four separate incidents occurred between March 22 and April 2 between 5:15 p.m. and 4:20 a.m. Each time a Hispanic man would approach the woman, grab her lower region and then flee by foot or bike, according to a NYPD spokesman.

The man is described as between the age of 17 and 25 and between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. A sketch was composed based on descriptions of him. No suspects are in custody.

“Keeping Jackson Heights residents safe is a top priority,” said Assemblymember Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). “The recent attacks of crude conduct cannot continue.”

Misdemeanor sex crimes in the 115 Precinct are up 100 percent from 9 incidents to 18 since last year during the same time period.

The offices of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) handed out bilingual pamphlets giving tips on how to keep safe and detailing resources to contact.

A few safety tips are walk on well-lit streets, have keys in hand before reaching home and intervene or yell for help.

Anyone with information about either perpetrator is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).The public can also submit tips by going online to nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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