NYPD: Suspect who committed lewd act on Manhattan subway passenger surrenders

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
NYPD: Suspect who committed lewd act on Manhattan subway passenger surrenders
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Lucy Yang speaks exclusively with the victim of a disturbing act on a subway train.

COLUMBUS CIRCLE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police say they have arrested a man who allegedly committed a disturbing lewd act on a Manhattan subway train.

The incident happened earlier this month, around 8 a.m. on Monday, October 1, on board a southbound D train on the Upper West Side.

Authorities say the 27-year-old victim was standing at the end of a car when the suspect boarded the train at the West 59th Street and Columbus Circle subway station and stood behind her.

"I noticed him by 59th Street and I look back. You're really too close to me at this point," the victim, who wants her identity protected, said.

The victim says the man bumped into her again, breathed on her, and touched her hand while she was holding onto the pole. When the train finally cleared, she was able to get a seat. In fact, she says he, too sat down.

When the train stopped at the West 47th Street and Rockefeller Center station, the victim realized that the individual had ejaculated onto her buttocks and her backpack.

She says the incident still haunts her.

Disgusted, she called the police. Her possessions were taken and used for evidence.

A cell phone photo of the suspect was circulated on Monday morning, and authorities say 18-year-old Ibrahim Mehsin later surrendered.

Mehsin, of the Bronx, has been charged with third-degree sex abuse.

Police say they received several tips after his picture was released

Anyone with additional information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


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