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Pines PD Releases Sketch of Man Wanted For Groping Women

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(Source: Pembroke Pines Police Dept.)

(Source: Pembroke Pines Police Dept.)

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PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – The Pembroke Pines Police Department warned women Tuesday to be on the lookout for a man detectives said has groped several unsuspecting people recently.

The incidents have occurred along Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines just west of Brian Piccolo Park, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

Cops released a sketch of the man hoping people might recognize him.

At the park Tuesday night, women there said they’d never seen the guy before.

“I think that’s disgusting. I think it’s awful,” Becky Grace said.

Grace plays soccer at the park with a team of women.

“We’re here on Sundays and we’re here on Tuesday night practicing and I mean walking to my car, I’m a little bit anxious,” Grace told CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana.

According the police, there have been six battery cases where the man has approached women on a bicycle or walking up from behind.

Investigators said the man grabbed their breasts,  buttocks and/or groin area.

“I would actually be very aware now that we’re practicing, instead of just focusing 100% on practicing, I’ll probably be looking around. It really does worry me,” Lilibeth Lopez said.

Lopez said it was best not to be alone in the area. Ashley Silva agreed.

“I think that’s really scary, because anybody could be just walking, especially in a public place like this, and anything could happen to them,” Silva explained.

Police described the man as being between 17 and 30 years old, about 5′ 7″ and weighs roughly 180 pounds.

He’s clean shaven with dark hair, according to the sketch.

“I’ve never seen anybody like that,” Grace said. “I hope he gets caught because it’s disappointing.”

If you have any information on the possible identity of the men, please contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.

You can also contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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