Cops searching for man who groped woman

Police are searching for this man who they say forcibly touched a female straphanger inside a Brooklyn subway station.

Police are searching for a suspect accused of forcibly touching a woman in a Brooklyn subway station. The victim managed to snap a photo of the man, however, exposing his identity.

"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.

The suspect is described as a M/B/30's, 6'0" tall, medium build, balding head, eyeglasses. He was wearing: a black jacket with the "C" for Champion insignia in white on front left breast of jacket, light colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.