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Police nab second suspect in Brooklyn sex attack cases


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Police busted a groping suspect in Brooklyn on Monday after they caught him watching porn in the street with his zipper open.

Joshua Flecha, 32, of Queens, was observed around 3:15 a.m. on 17th Street in Windsor Terrace, where a patrol unit thought he might be trying to break into a car, authorities said Tuesday.

The Daily News reported that Flecha was suspected of six subway attacks, but the NYPD did not confirm the report.

Officers allegedly found him with marijuana and holding a cell phone playing an X-rated video. His pants were also unzipped, police said.

Officers, who arrested him for drug possession, also believed he resembled the sketch of a man wanted in a groping attack on May 7.

Later, Flecha was picked out of a lineup in that attack, in which he he allegedly grabbed a woman’s breasts in the Seventh Avenue F train station and exposed himself and masturbated, police said.

Police were conducting similar lineups Tuesday to see whether he matched up with other attacks.

This was the second arrest linked to some 20 assaults, including one rape, on the streets or in the subways of several Brooklyn neighborhoods since the spring.

Last week, Adolfo Martinez, 26, was charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree for an attack against an 18-year-old woman on Oct. 10 in Sunset Park. Police say he’s admitted to others.

Flecha, meanwhile, had been living in Astoria, and the superintendent of the building where he resided for more than a year was surprised to learn of his arrest.

“He was very nice. No problems at all,” Tom Yzeiraj said. “He was paying the rent on time.”

Police say four different men could be responsible for the various sex assaults, in which petite women wearing skirts have typically been the targets.


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