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Police search Jackson Heights for sexual assault suspect

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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:48 pm | Updated: 6:00 pm, Thu Nov 15, 2012.

The man who entered a massive Jackson Heights apartment building on Monday night and sexually abused two young girls is still unidentified.

On Thursday morning Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) passed out fliiers to residents of 70-35 Broadway alerting them of the incident.

The sheets of paper say “Wanted” in bold writing with four pictures of the suspect, which were captured by the complex’s extensive camera system.

Two police officers from the 115th Precinct were also entering the building on Thursday morning after being assigned to the location.

“I am working closely with the NYPD to identify and capture this individual,” Dromm said. “Children are our most precious gift and they should not have to suffer at the hands of a pervert.”

According to police reports, the suspect sexually abused two sisters, a 4-year-old and a 9-year-old, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the building’s laundry room and then fled. The children were brought to the precinct to try to identify a suspect, but no indentification has been made.

The man entered behind a woman who has the special key to the front door, building super Johnny Garcia said. “No one can copy that key,” Garcia said.

Dromm lived in the building from 1981 until 1988. Many incidents similar to the assault of the two girls have occurred in the building, owned by Demty Associates and Hillcrest Owners Association, Dromm said, and were one of the reasons he moved 24 years ago. In the ’80s a rape supposedly occurred in the basement laundry room, he added.

Since then the facility was moved to the first floor. Last Monday’s incident is the first time an assualt has happened in the laundry room since the move decades ago, Garcia said.

“I feel safe here,” resident Md Sanaullah said, prefacing it by saying he spends most of his day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at work and not in the building.

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