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Investigators See If Alleged Assaulter Could Be Linked To Other Attacks

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As a Brooklyn man was awaiting arraignment late Wednesday for charges related to a groping attack in Sunset Park, the city announced that free self-defense training will be offered this weekend in Park Slope.

Adolfo Martinez, 26, seen above, faces sexual abuse and forcible touching charges.

Investigators say he groped an 18-year-old woman as she left the subway in Sunset Park on Monday.

Police were trying to determine whether Martinez is one of the men behind a dozen similar attacks throughout Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, the Center for Anti-Violence Education will hold two free self-defense courses at the entrance to Sunset Park Recreation Center at Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street on Sunday.

The first class will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in English and Spanish.

A second class starting at 1:30 p.m. will be in English and Chinese.

To register for the classes, visit council.nyc.gov.

Meanwhile, police have released a sketch of a man who groped a woman on Sunday on Vanderbilt Street in Windsor Terrace.

He is described as being 20 to 25 years old, about 5-feet-4-inches tall, with a medium build and a mole on the left side of his neck.

Police are also working to educate area women about how to respond to and avoid sexual attacks.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Tips From NYPD For Women To Avoid Attacks

• Avoid walking alone at night.
• Walk in well-lit areas.
• Be alert and do not wear headphones.
• Have keys in hand before reaching the door.
• If you are attacked, yell and make a scene.


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