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NYPD search for man who allegedly touched victims

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a suspect believed to be involved with four separate forcible touching incidents across western Queens last week.

The NYPD said four victims reported that a Hispanic male allegedly attempted to speak to them and touched their buttocks over their clothing May 6.

The first incident took place around 6:40 a.m., police said, when a 23-year-old woman reported being approached near Northern Boulevard and 57th Street in Woodside.

The second incident was reported by a 25-year-old woman who said she was approached around 7:43 a.m. at a Rite Aid on Steinway Street in Astoria, and a 16-year-old girl reported the third incident around 8 a.m. at 38-01 35th Ave., police said.

The fourth victim, a 14-year-old, reported being approached by the man at 8:26 a.m. at 37-15 31st Ave., according to the NYPD.

The suspect is believed to be between 25 and 30 and is approximately 6 feet tall weighing between 220 and 250 pounds.

Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

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