Search continues for South Ozone Park sex predator

Posted at 9:47 PM, May 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 21:56:25-04

There is a manhunt underway throughout South Ozone Park, Queens for a sexual predator who cops say struck at least three times and the victims are all young children.

The first attack happened Wednesday afternoon when a seven-year-old girl sitting on her family’s stoop was sexually fondled by a young man who ran away only after the child’s 12-year-old sister began to scream. People who live nearby, especially parents of young kids are terrified.

Just three hours after the first attack, cops say the same guy seen here in this surveillance video grabbed another seven-year-old girl who had chased a ball out off the safety of her family’s backyard. She was also fondled but somehow managed to escape. Then on Thursday afternoon, just a few blocks away from the earlier attacks, a man fitting the same description, stalked a 14-year-old girl for several blocks as she walked home.

This guy eventually exposed himself before driving away in a tan van.

Detectives are hoping that someone recognizes the person in the video or has some information about these crimes. The suspect is described as a dark skinned man in his twenties about six feet tall weighing about 160 pounds, last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the front and dark jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline, the number is 1 800 577-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential and there is a $2,000 reward for any information.