Police: Man Performs Lewd Act In Front Of Woman In Riverside, Steals Her Backpack

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A man groped and harassed a Riverside woman before fondling himself in front of her and running off with her backpack, police said.

The 45-year-old victim told Southampton Town Police that she was standing in her driveway on Pine Street when a short, thin Hispanic man with light skin and short black hair, wearing a green jacket, black pants and work boots, walked up to her and grabbed at her breasts and crotch. The man, whom she did not know, grabbed her backpack and its contents, and then tried to use it as leverage to get her to have sex with him, police said. After his propositions were declined, the man pulled down his pants and began masturbating in front of the victim, police said. He then ran off in an unknown direction—with the woman’s $30 black backpack and the $25 worth of clothing it contained—after some people walked by, according to an incident report.

Police said officers and a State Police K-9 unit checked the area for the man, but could not find him.

If found, police said, the man could be charged with forcible touching, public lewdness and petit larceny, all misdemeanors.

No further leads or witnesses were available, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

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