July 19, 2007 -- The sex fiend who molested three Lower East Side women since June struck for a fourth time early yesterday, authorities said. In the latest sickening attack, the creep ran up behind a 20-year-old woman on East Ninth Street near Second Avenue at 1:50 a.m., he put her in a chokehold, shoved his hand up her skirt and ran off, police said.
"I heard some yelling or screaming . . . she didn't yell for help," said neighbor Emily Gerstell, 22, who moved there because she thought the busy block was safe."It's just upsetting . . . it's really terrifying," Gerstell said. Bernie Dobrzynsky, 53, whose window overlooks the scene where the victim - who neighbors said is an NYU student - was watching TV around the time of the attack and heard muffled noises. "After what I hear now I am sorry I didn't look out the window," Dobrzynsky lamented.
Detectives spent the day yesterday interviewing the victim at a local hospital and showed her the sketch of the suspect in the three other cases to see if he matched the description of the man who abused her, cops said.