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Police Investigate String Of Attacks On Queens Women

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Police were searching Monday for a man they said tried to sexually assault a 23-year-old woman in Queens the previous night.

Investigators say the attacker hit the woman in the head as she got off a bus near the corner of Conduit and Edgewood Avenues in Laurelton around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

They said he climbed on top of the woman and tried to sexually assault her.

Police said the woman was able to fight him off and call for help.

The suspect is described as being in his early 20s.

"I think it's sad that people are getting more comfortable just doing it so openly, especially on such a busy road," said one Queens resident.

"It's like a reality check, you know? You never realize this stuff happens. It's right down the street from somewhere I always hang out," said another.

This is the latest assault in Queens in the past few weeks.

On Wednesday night, police say a man assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Laurelton.

Police were also looking for another man in a string of attacks around Woodside and Sunnyside.

Investigators say he rides up to his victims on a bike, grabs them, and rides off.

Police say he has attacked at least six women since September 15, and they released surveillance video of the suspect, seen above.

In response to the string of attacks, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilman James Van Bramer handed out fliers Monday morning at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard.

"We in Sunnyside and Woodside say no more, not one more. And that's why we're here today what's taken place and what we can do to protect ourselves and our neighborhood. We have got to get this sick pervert off the streets," Van Bramer said.

Anyone with information about any of the cases is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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