Police escort a suspect from the NYPD's Central Park precinct after being arrested for an alleged sex assault on a jogger in the park at approximately 5:40 a.m. this morning. Police were scheduling lineups today to see if a man they arrested for sexually abusing the jogger might be the East Side serial groper. (Photo: DNAinfo)
Police arrested a man who allegedly groped a woman jogging in Central Park early Friday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A 41-year-old woman jogger flagged down police officers in a patrol car in Central Park around 5:40 a.m. Friday and told them a man had grabbed her buttocks as she jogged past him on north on East Drive near 77th Street, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.
The officers put out a description of the man and officers stopped Eusebio Molina, 26, of the Bronx, a short distance away. The jogger later identified the detained man as the alleged groper, the spokeswoman said. Molina was awaiting arraignment Friday charged with sexual abuse in the third degree.
Sex crimes detectives are attempting to determine if the attack is connected to a string of others on the Upper East Side over the past seven months. Between Jan. 5 and July 13, police say a single suspect, described as a short Hispanic man, is suspected of groping six women after approaching them on the street. All of the alleged groping victims are white and between the ages of 25 and 31, and there was no discernible pattern in the times of the attacks.
Wall Street Journal - July 22, 2011 - By Sean Gardiner
Upper East Side serial groper busted? Cops arrest Eusebio Molina for allegedly groping jogger New York Daily News - July 22 2011 - By Bob Kappstatter
DNAinfo - July 22, 2011 - By Adam Nichols and Leslie Albrecht
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New York Post - July 22, 2011 - By Rebecca Harshbarger