Officials warn Sunnyside of bicycle-riding groper

Michael Gianaris

October 27, 2011

The Times Ledger reported on the series of groping incidents in Western Queens. Senator Gianaris, in addition to his legislation that makes groping children a felony, has been advocating for community involvement for safer streets.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Sunnyside electeds passed out fliers near the No. 7 train 46th Street-Bliss Street station early Monday morning, warning commuters of a groper in the area who has attacked five women and a 12-year-old girl.


The first attack occurred on Sept. 15 and the latest was Oct. 7, police said. The perpetrator has struck in Sunnyside and Woodside between 38th and 43rd avenues and 42nd and 56th streets, usually very early in the morning, police said. The perpetrator’s victims included a 17-year-old Hispanic girl, a 38-year-old white woman, a 12-year-old white girl, a 29-year-old Asian woman, a 29-year-old Hispanic woman and a 24-year-old white woman.


State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the community needs to come together to stop the groper.

“Today’s groper is tomorrow’s rapist,” Gianaris said.

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