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Astoria Woman Groped by Stranger Wakes Up to Him Standing Over Her in Bed

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Aug. 1, 2019 By Allie Griffin

An Astoria woman was groped by a stranger on the street and later woke up to him standing over her in bed, police said.

On July 27 just before 3 a.m., the man approached the 26-year-old victim in the vicinity of 24th Street and 23rd Avenue asking for help.

He said he was in a bike accident and injured, cops said. During the interaction, he touched the victim’s breasts and she fled to her home nearby, but it didn’t end there.

About an hour and a half later at 4:30 a.m., the woman woke up in her bedroom and found the same man standing over her, according to law enforcement sources. She screamed and the suspect jumped out of the bedroom’s second floor window.

No items were stolen or injuries were reported as a result of the incidents, police said.

The NYPD has released a police sketch of the individual in hopes of identifying the suspect, who they described as a male Hispanic, approximately 30-years-old, weighing 180 pounds., 5 feet 8 inches tall with close-cut short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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Zoe

I saw a bunch of flyers posted by the Guardian Angels about this incident around the Ditmars area telling people to be careful. It so sad when they have to step in because of all the crime in the area. One person I witnessed ripping them up and when I asked him why he said he was trying to rent his home and it wasn’t the first thing potential renters should see when they arrived.

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Tom Brady Artist

I bet when they catch the guy he’ll look nothing like the man in the sketch.

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Never go directly home.

So now you know when in a situation like that never to go directly home. Find a store or some other public but busy place where you can hopefully get the management to hide you for a few minutes.

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Hiram Bingham IV

Something doesn’t smell right here. He gropes her: she runs to her house and he knows the exact apartment. Oh, and he was able to get in and be standing over her bed an hour and a half later.
The more likely story is that she brought him back to her apartment and things probably didn’t go so well. Two sides to every story I always say.

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Gardens Watcher

Your story is sick fiction. Not your first time. Gothamist has more details.

The victim was sleeping with her boyfriend. The Creep faked the bike accident, broke in by removing the AC from the window, and escaped via 2nd floor window.

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Luis

Did it ever occur to you that he may have followed her home and broke into her place through a window or fire escape?

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Jon

Oh man, how horrifying! My heart goes out to that poor woman. How is she ever going to feel safe in her own home again? I hope they catch the guy so she can have a measure of peace.

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Kate

I know that many woman in Astoria are constantly being verbally harassed, cat-called, aggressively pursued, etc. while walking around the neighborhood but being groped is not something I tolerate or can get used to. I would of called the police if someone groped me right away.

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Greg

Does not surprise me at all. Astoria is mentioned on the news about twice a week for a crime and/or assault.

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