Cops searching for bicycling groper in Astoria

Video courtesy of NYPD

A bicyclist is slapping and grabbing women’s buttocks as he’s riding around the streets of Astoria, according to police.

The suspect — described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and with a medium to stocky build — is wanted in three incidents starting earlier this month.

He is first suspected of grabbing a 33-year-old woman’s behind at about 11 a.m. on April 2, near 34th Avenue and 35th Street as he was bicycling.

On April 15, at about 8:45 p.m., the suspect approached a 29-year-old woman while riding a bicycle near 35th Avenue and 41st Street and struck her in the behind with his hand, cops said.

Police say the same bicyclist also slapped the buttocks of a 30-year-old woman the following day at about 11 a.m. around 36th Avenue and 34th Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.