By Carol Tannenhauser
The first time it happened was on October 8, 2022, at around 12:50 p.m., police reported. A man riding a Citibike on the sidewalk, “reached out his hand and did touch the buttocks” of a 45-year-old woman who was walking near the intersection of West End Avenue and W. 72nd Street. “[He] then fled on the bicycle to parts unknown.”
The man resurfaced a month later on November 5, 2022, at around 12:26 p.m., on 7th Avenue and W. 11th Street, where he allegedly “slapped” a 30-year-old woman’s buttocks, then fled on foot “to parts unknown.”
Another month passed, and on December 8, 2022, at around 3:16 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was walking in front of 351 W. 71st Street, when “an unidentified [man] grabbed and squeezed [her] left buttock and fled on foot westbound towards W. 71 Street and Riverside Boulevard.”
There were no injuries as a result of any of these incidents. Police have identified the suspect as Jovan Villafane, 42.
Anyone with information in regard to this individual 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 https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.