Ekwan Hill, 42, of Brooklyn, was taken into police custody early Friday morning after being tracked down at a Brooklyn homeless shelter. He is being held at the East Harlem Special Victims Unit, where the victims will identify him. He's been charged with assault and forcible touching.
As police walked Hill from the police precinct to a vehicle Friday afternoon, reporters asked him about the incident.
"God did it," Hill said.
Watch Hill's full statement here:
Authorities say the 27-year-old victim was walking on East 74th Street near First Avenue on the Upper East Side around 6 p.m. Monday when the man came up from behind, grabbed her by the waist and shoved a bag of feces down her pants. He then grabbed her buttocks, tossed what appeared to be a rubber glove on the sidewalk and fled the scene.
Felix Martinez, the garage attendant working where the victim ran in, described what happened next.
"That somebody threw *expletive* in her pants, and she was crying," Martinez said.
She came running to him for help with what he says looked like dog feces right after the incident.
"She was terrified, she was shaking, she couldn't talk, and tell me 'please help me, somebody attacked me,'" Martinez said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said a similar incident occurred 17 blocks away on East 91st Street a few hours earlier, in which the suspect threw feces and struck his 33-year-old female victim in face and torso. It is unclear if there was a bag used in that incident.
"Really disgusting attacks," he said. "We think it's the same male, a completely deranged person from what we can tell."