Cops Nab Suspect in East Village Gropings

336-07%20SVS%20ATT%20RAPE%2006-12-07.jpgPolice say they nabbed a suspect who fits this description

Cops nabbed a man suspected of at least four sexual assaults in the East Village and surrounding areas in the last six weeks, authorities said today.

Asunscion DeJesus-Garcia, 20, of Lexington Avenue, was taken in to custody and charged with sex abuse, burglary, assault, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

As of noon, he had not been arraigned on the charges, and had not entered a plea.

The latest attack occurred at about 2 a.m. on July 18th when the suspect followed 20-year-old woman into her 9th Street building—just steps down from the 24-hour Veselka restaurant—groped her, and fled, police said.

The suspect, pictured in the above police sketch, in that assault is thought to be responsible for three other East Village attacks, police said. Each time the suspect followed a woman in to her building at about 4 a.m., and forcibly touched them. On some occasions, the groper has also made off with some of his victims' personal belongings, cops said.

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