Man Sexually Assaulted Woman on the 1 Train, Police Say

Police say the man shown above grabbed a woman’s butt on the 1 train earlier this month.

“It was reported to police that on Monday July 9, 2018, at approximately 0815 hours, a 25-year-old female victim entered the transit system at the 79th Street subway station. An unidentified individual followed the victim onto a car of a southbound “1” train. Between the 79th Street and 72nd Street stations the unidentified individual grabbed the buttock of the female victim several times. The female victim fled the train at the 59th Street station and the unidentified individual remained on the train on to parts unknown. There were no injuries reported.

The individual is described as a male Black, approximately 40-years-old, black hair. He was last seen wearing a zip down navy blue sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards 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 Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.”

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    1. dannyboy says:

      I am pleased to see the police pursue these perps. Hopefully caught, with the additional benefit of putting fear into other creeps.

      • Dissident says:

        From this report, it does not appear to me as if we have anything more than an allegation at this point. By all means, anyone who spots someone whom they suspect to be the individual pictured should both (a) take appropriate precautions and (b) inform the police. But without anyone actually apprehended, much less charged and still less convicted of a crime, isn’t it a bit premature to issue summary condemnations? To brand an individual who remains nothing more than an alleged suspect a “perp”?

        What if, for example, it were to be revealed that the image shown was released in error; that the individual shown in it is not even the one suspected of the alleged crime-in-question? Assuming no such error and that the individual shown in the image is indeed the suspect, did the camera also capture him committing the alleged crime? If not, then what if the credibility of the accuser (and, if applicable, any individuals who had claimed to be witnesses) were to fall apart upon scrutiny?

        Also, I have no problem with calling a groper a “creep”. (If anything, that may be too mild of a term.) But, in sharp contradistinction to dannyboy, I also have no problem with characterizing a mugger, drug-addicted or not, as a “degenerate”…

        • dannyboy says:

          Yes, I need to correct the use of “perps” to “suspects” and admit deference to your right to label the drug addicted as “degenerate”. Otherwise how would you be able to vilify, condemn, mistreat, and punish those friggin’ degenerate people with drug problems? I won’t stand in your ugly way because abusers just need to abuse.

          • Dissident says:

            People can follow the link I provided to the past thread in-question and see there, for themselves, both my words as well as those of the other contributors, in context. Doing that, it readily becomes apparent that the only one engaging in abusive behavior here is you. More than just tendentious and gratuitously hostile, your characterizations and attacks enter the realm of the vicious, the extreme and the unhinged.

            • dannyboy says:

              You immediately attacked me for writing “I am pleased to see the police pursue these perps. Hopefully caught, with the additional benefit of putting fear into other creeps.” by writing: “From this report, it does not appear to me as if we have anything more than an allegation at this point.”

              I let that go rather than argue with a denier. If you don’t believe the 25-year old woman, then you also don’t believe the Police or WSR who wrote “victim”.

              Stop fighting against what’s right. Find your way and then fight for a worthwhile cause other than denying a womans abuse.

    2. lynn says:

      This has been going on for so long, and everyone seems oblivious to the cameras! I only vaguely remember the days when police were on the trains. Was it a deterrent?

      • Bruce E. Bernstein says:


        I have seen police on trains, rarely on the 1, 2, or 3. I travel on the 7 to work and they are frequently on the 7 train in the evenings.

        there used to be a separate police force, the Transit Police. it, and the NYCHA Housing Police, were merged into the NYPD under Giuliani.

        • lynn says:

          Thank you for the info Bruce! I had no idea that there were once 3 different divisions of the police department. I took the 1-2-3 trains for several years but recently I’ve been taking using the crosstown and then uptown buses. It takes longer but it’s a lot less stressful (to me anyway).

          • Bruce E. Bernstein says:

            Hi Lynn,

            There actually were FOUR police forces under NYC govt: the NYPD, the Housing Police (NYCHA), the Transit Police, and the Hospital Police.

            The Hospital Police are in charge of security at the large public hospital system, formerly HHC, now NYC Health + Hospitals. They remained separate — perhaps because they are unarmed. But they ARE a police force and have the power to arrest people.

            • lynn says:

              Thanks for the additional info Bruce! I was aware of security at the hospitals but didn’t realize that they were a police force.

    3. Lois Sloan says:

      Why are you using a “Black” as a noun? We are not in the South in the 60’s.

    4. AC says:

      At Det. Nassau , , , lets review the traveling public at 79 Street. Between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM, most people who exit the station (North and South) are either construction workers, personal trainers, or people returning home from a night shift. From 7 to 8 AM you get the Doormen getting to their shift or headed home from their shift. You’ll start seeing the finance people headed to work. Again, those exiting are mostly local blue collar and medical staff along WEA. This happened around 8 AM. Most people who board the train headed South are either employees headed to work or students taking summer course at some college. That flyer is posted all over the station and from my inquiring (street contacts – panhandlers, doormen, etc.), no one appears to recognize the guy from the hood.

      This guy is most likely some transient. The fact that he appears well kept (shaven) might indicate he’s not some homeless guy. Hope you catch the perp!