In February 2017, two women reported a man wearing a Santa hat had groped them at the 23rd Street subway station of the R and W lines. Both women, who had been the victims of separate incidents, were able to flee the scene and report the man to police. One of these women were able to snap a photo of the man, and before long news of Manhattan’s “Bad Santa” had been circulating throughout various media outlets.

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Police were able to catch up with the man, later identified as 33-year-old David Cruz-Rodriguez, in March after witnessing him littering in Bryant park. The officers recognized Cruz-Rodriguez on account of his distinctive choice in headwear and placed him under arrest for the two sexual assault incidents.

It wasn’t long after Cruz-Rodriguez’s release that he was back to his old tricks. This time, police caught up with Cruz-Rodriguez at Brighton Beach when several female beach-goers reported to park officials that the man had groped or fondled them inappropriately. Within a matter of minutes, several women, including a sunbather who had been napping on the beach at the time of the assault, reported inappropriate conduct by Cruz-Rodriguez. One woman reported that the man had grabbed her breasts and began to expose himself to her.

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Within a half an hour the serial groper had been reported to police by at least five women who had been at the beach that day. Cruz-Rodriguez was arrested and charged with forcible touching, as well as resisting arrest.

Police would not reveal whether or not Cruz-Rodriguez had been wearing his Santa attire at the time of the assaults.