Man wanted in assaults of two women in Bensonhurst

Wanted: Police are asking the public to help them identify this man, who they say assaulted two women just minutes apart on 18th Avenue on March 23.

Police are asking the public to help them identify a man who they say assaulted a woman and a girl in two separate incidents just minutes apart on 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst on March 23.

In the first incident, the man allegedly put his arms around a 17-year-old girl and threw her to the ground between 77th and 78th streets, around 7:10 am, when the pair passed each other while walking in opposite directions. The attacker then fled on foot, and the girl refused medical attention.

And just five minutes later, the man allegedly approached a 31-year-old woman at a bus stop at 79th Street and pulled down his pants to display his genitals, following her when she walked away. He then punched her in the face and fled the scene, leaving the woman with a laceration to her lip — although she too refused medical attention, police said.

The man is described as being about 5-ffot-9, between 30 and 40-years-old, of medium build, and last seen wearing a black hooded waist-length jacket, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black skull cap, carrying a plastic bag.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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