Pols to Woodside Locals: Help Us Catch Sex Fiend

Man Wanted For Alleged Assault

Local pols gathered in front of the 61st Street/Woodside train station last Thursday, Sept. 13 to let residents know about a recent sex attack that left a woman in Woodside with a broken nose.

Board 2 District Manager Debra Markell-Kleinert, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Sen. Michael Gianaris hand out flyers to commuters at the 61st Street/Woodside MTA/LIRR station last Thursday, Sept. 13 telling them to be on the lookout for the man shown in the sketch at left, who is wanted for an attempted sex assault in the area.

According to the 108th Precinct, in late August, a man on a BMX bicycle approached a woman at around 3:30 a.m. and repeatedly hit her in the face as he attempted to force her to perform a criminal sex act. The victim was able to flee the scene, and the suspect remains at large as of press time.

He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old, 5’5″- 5’9″ tall, 155-170 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes and a thin build.

“We as a community care and respond every time that a woman is assaulted,” City Council Member Van Bramer stated, while State Sen. Michael Gianaris added that “women should feel safe walking the street … that’s why we’re here to spread the word.”

The two lawmakers, joined by Board 2 District Manager Debra Markell-Kleinert and Woodside on the Move Executive Director Adrian Bordoni, spent the morning with community leaders handing out flyers with a description of the perpetrator to commuters in order to raise awareness about the incident as well as help police identify the suspect responsible for the crime.

Over 2,000 flyers are being handed out, and are also being posted on area lampposts.

“Women should not have to live in fear of being threatened or assaulted as they go about their daily lives,” said Gianaris in a statement. “Such attacks on women are unacceptable, and my heart goes out to the victim. We must do everything in our power to find miscreants like this and punish them to the full extent of the law.”

“Let’s be clear: there is absolutely no room in our community or our society for these types of attacks,” added Rep. Joseph Crowley. “And this community will not stand by and let attacks like this happen. We must do all we can to bring the coward responsible for this attack to justice and I urge everyone to take a good, hard look at the photo and contact the authorities if you have any leads. By working together, I hope we can bring this attacker to justice and give the women of our community a little peace of mind knowing this person is no longer walking our streets.”

Van Bramer claimed that the 108th Precinct is still “actively engaged” in the investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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