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Woman groped, robbed near Brooklyn Bridge

An out-of-state woman was sexually abused, robbed and shoved to the ground near the Brooklyn Bridge on Sun., July 11, police said.

Cops said the 58-year-old victim was walking outside the Al Smith Houses at 5 St. James Place around 3:15 a.m. on her way back to her hotel when she was approached by a stranger.

A surveillance-camera image of the alleged suspect. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The man grabbed her buttocks, kissed her on the face and grabbed her wallet from her bag, police said. During a brief struggle, he shoved the victim to the ground, causing her to bruise her forearm.

The mugger fled with the woman’s purse southbound on Pearl St. Among the items inside the purse were her Texas State ID, around $100 and credit cards.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad.

Another image of the alleged suspect. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect. They show him wearing a black backpack, black track pants with a white stripe down the legs and white sneakers.

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 be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are strictly confidential.

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