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Riding the crowded train to work and I was sitting next to a younger girl. The passengers standing in front of us were packed close because the train was full. A young man who was standing in front of us, wearing sweat pants and no underwear, kept leaning his groin towards out faces and having secret fun in doing this. I was really getting annoyed and the young girl next to me was turning red and I am sure she was feeling totally humiliated and embarrassed. I took my hands and pushed the guys body away from her and said,”Get your dick out of her face!” He then exclaimed “What!” What did I do?” I returned with “You know exactly what you did.” He removed himself from the train.
I was on my way to work. This older guy spots me and I could see he from the look he gave me he was going to bother me. He dogged me to the corner, then across the street. I back tracked, he back tracked. He would not stop.
I stopped, turned around, went right to his face and yelled stop following me! He then exclaimed, “Why would I follow you?” and then I said “You better not because I will poke your fucking eyes out!” then I lunged at him and he ran off. Never to follow me again.
At 5:00 today I was walking through the tunnel at the Canal St station from the Downtown 6 to the N/Q trains. A young man got in front of me and looked like he was going to stop me to ask a question. He looked down when he got my attention, and I looked down too and saw that he had exposed his penis. He quickly zipped up his pants, looked at me, then casually walked toward the stairs back to the 6 train. I tried to take a pic but only got his back. I went back up to see if there were any cops around but there weren’t, and there aren’t any station agents at that spot either. I loosely told a couple, “That man right there just flashed me,” but the guy just said, “Just ignore it.” Then the flasher got on the downtown 6 train and it pulled away. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do.
I just got off the q train on my long commute from work. I was distracted and there weren’t many people exiting the train. I walked all the way to the side of the ramp and had my headphones in. Suddenly I felt a hand cup my butt cheek. Without thinking, I immediately punched the guy who was passing me on that side in the arm. There was no reason for him to have been walking so close to me when there was so much room on the ramp. I said, “Did you just grab my ass?” He acted confused. I scanned him to see if he had a bag or something similar that could have hit me but he didn’t have anything. He said, “What?” I said, “Did you just grab my fucking ass?” He said, “What? No!” I said “I felt you grab my ass.” He laughed, looked at me, and said, “Yo, you ain’t even pretty, ma.” and walked quickly away. I shouted behind him, “That has nothing to do with it!” He walked really quickly away. I spent the next hour wondering if I could have imagined it, until I came to my senses and realized that I felt his hand grope my butt, and there was nothing that could have felt like that. I was glad that my immediate reaction was to punch him in the arm and confront him but I felt so mad and violated that he had gotten me to doubt myself. Then I spent the rest of the night feeling really shitty.
As I was walking down 124th St. towards the A train at about 7 pm on 2/26/15, a man walking in the opposite direction said, “Hey sweetheart,” as I passed. I said nothing, and he continued to speak as we walked away from each other. I heard him saying “have a good night.”
As I was making my way to the turnstiles to exit the 125th St. 4/5/6 station at about 10 AM, there was a man asking for swipes. He made direct eye contact with me and beckoned me to come. I had no choice but to exit through the turnstile closest to him because of the crowd. He brought his hand with which he had been signaling people for a swipe close to me before sweeping it just over my head as I passed.
On my way to work, I heard a man yelling “uhh!! Uhhh!! You’re gonna make me cum!!” and looked up to see a man violently masturbating at me with his pants down around his knees. I called 911 to report this, and waited 45 minutes before anyone showed up to take down any information. It was 9AM in broad daylight on a Thursday in front of the morning rush hour commute.
On Friday, February 20th, a man started verbally harassing me in the Prospect Park Q train station, asking if he could get inside my coat with me. I abruptly walked down to the platform to be around more people. When the train arrived, I got on and noticed he’d sat down across from me. 3 stations later, I got off at my stop and he got up and did the same. Hoping to leave with the crowd, I left the train station and walked across the street and down 1 block. I looked behind me and saw he was following me from across the street. I walked back towards the train station to ask the attendant to call the police. The man cut me off at the corner and I yelled “what the fuck do you think you’re doing?!” He responded “Nothing i’m just trying to go home with you.” I threatened to call the cops if he kept following me, and he backed away and walked down the block. An older woman saw what happened and was nice enough to call me home. When I called the precinct to file a report, the attendant told me that since nothing had actually happened, then proceeded to hang up on me laughing. It was 2am. I called 311 to see if there were any resources, and was given the same treatment by 2 different people after being put on hold for 10 minutes.
The man pictured has established a pattern of stalking and intimidation of my wife. He has followed on the subway her more than 20 times, always moving to stand directly behind her each time. When she changes cars, he follows, when she moves to the other end of the platform, he follows. Always standing right behind, and crowding on crowded trains. She changed her routine in case this was, somehow, a coincidence. He waits on the platform for her to arrive and then stands behind her. Today he escalated it and began following her on the way to work as well. She changed cars and he followed. She became so scared that she got off the train halfway to work to find a police officer. On seeing her take this action he got back on the train and left. This man is stalking my wife intentionally and with malice of forethought. We are currently working with the police to bring him to justice.