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Citi Bike groper strikes twice in Village

A Citi Bike-riding sicko groped two women in the Village last month around Varick and Bleecker Sts., according to police.

Cops said that, in the first incident, a woman was walking on Bleecker St. on Mon., Nov. 9, at 7:20 p.m., when a stranger on a Citi Bike rode up to her from behind and grabbed her buttocks before fleeing.

Fifteen minutes later, the same man reportedly struck again, pulling the same maneuver on a 33-year-old woman who was walking at the northeast corner of Downing and Varick Sts. The pedaling pervert fled southbound on Varick, then turned eastbound on King St.

Neither woman was injured.

A photo from the second incident location of the alleged forcible-touching suspect. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Police described the suspect as around age 25 to 35, with dark brown hair and a medium build, and last seen wearing a black jacket, a black baseball cap, shorts, a colored shirt and white sneakers.

Police released photos of the individual taken from the second incident.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM on on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

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