A Brooklyn neighborhood remains on edge as police continue their search for a man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sexually assaulted a teenage boy he met in a subway station last week.
Investigators say the man, seen above in a police sketch, approached a 15-year-old boy at the 53rd Street and Fourth Avenue station in Sunset Park around 9:30 a.m. Friday, after the teen threw an empty bag of potato chips on the ground.
Authorities said the teen claimed the man displayed what looked like a police shield and told the boy to get into his white van.
They say the suspect drove to 92nd Street and Dahlgren Place in Bay Ridge, where he sexually assaulted the boy.
Then, investigators say the suspect drove the teen to 38th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park and released him.
"You never know who to trust anymore, especially in this area," said a Sunset Park resident. "You hear these stories and it makes you really nervous, especially riding at night."
"I mean, if somebody tells you they're a cop and flash you a badge, you don't question it," said another.
The suspect is described as being 45 to 49 years old, 5'8" tall and weighing 145 pounds. He has a bald head, gray mustache and a mole under the left side of his bottom lip.
One man who spoke with NY1 says he thinks he may have spoken to the suspect Friday morning. He says while the man did not show a badge he did identify himself as an officer.
"He had on a pair of pants that looked like a cop uniform. And he had a big overcoat. I couldn't really tell, but he said he was a cop. That really got me suspicious. And I couldn't do anything because everyone was going to work," said the Sunset Park man.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.