Groper nabbed after victim snapped pic

Groper nabbed after victim snapped pic

Police have arrested a man accused of forcibly touching a woman in a Brooklyn subway station.

Officers believe Stuart Cato, 39, of Queens, was the man photographed by his quick thinking victim after he grabbed her buttocks.

"I am so glad these young girls have cameras on their cellphones," Debra Bryant, a Bed Stuy resident said. "This is a good, clear picture of the guy."

According to authorities, the victim boarded a shuttle train at Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say a man sitting directly across from her began to make obscene gestures. The bizarre encounter prompted the victim to snap a photo of the man with her cell phone.

When the 24-year-old got off the train at the Botanic Garden stop police say the suspect followed her and grabbed her buttocks from behind as she climbed the stairs. That's when police say the victim slapped the groper and he ran away.

The woman later reported the incident to police.

"I think she did the right thing, slapping him, he disrespected her, "Janeve Maximum, 19-years-old said.

Several Brooklyn women debated whether the victim did the right thing by slapping the suspect.

"It took a lot of courage, but sometime they have a knife or a gun so I don't know how smart that is to do," Debra Bryant said.