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Police Seek Man Who Groped Child On Queens Street

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Police were searching Thursday for a groping suspect in Queens who they say grabbed an 11-year-old girl earlier this week.

Investigators say they believe the man approached the girl as she was walking near 76th Avenue and 160th Street in Hillcrest around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The man then grabbed her from behind and ran off.

The girl was not hurt.

"Never saw anything like this before here, ever. I'm amazed," said one neighborhood resident.

"I'm surprised because I've been living here for 10 years and...I don't know. I never heard anything because if we are going for a walk and coming back we never heard anything about that," said another resident.

The suspect is believed to be between 21 and 25 years old, about 5'9" tall, and weighing 135 pounds with spiked hair.

Police are also still looking for the man who has groped four women in Jackson Heights over the past month and another man who sexually assaulted a woman on Sunday in Sunnyside.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, City Council members handed out flyers Thursday in an attempt to catch a well-dressed man wanted in connection with four forcible touching incidents.

They took place on February 25-27 and March 30 in Lenox Hill and Lower Manhattan.

"He is from all reports a well-dressed gentleman who catches women off-guard. So be alert. Be careful. Take care of yourself. We are offering a self-defense class for women who are interested, but help us catch him," said City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin.

The suspect is described as being in his 30's, 5'11" inches tall, and weighing 180 pounds.

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.

Those interested in the self-defense class at Hunter College on April 24 can call 212-788-7276.

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