Oct. 11, 2018 By Tara Law
A 38-year-old East Elmhurst man has been arrested and charged with groping two girls in North Corona and Corona over the last week.
Noe Angel Sorriano Cruz is awaiting arraignment on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, forcible touching, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Cruz allegedly followed a 10-year-old girl into a bodega at 39-16 104th St. at around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. He grabbed her vagina and took off, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Then on Tuesday, Cruz allegedly followed a 13-year-old girl for several blocks down Junction Boulevard. He then grabbed the girl’s vagina from behind and hurried away.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown issued a statement condemning Cruz’s actions.
“The defendant terrorized these innocent girls by following them first and then allegedly sexually assaulting them,” Brown said. “Let this be a constant warning to parents and all women— even pre-teens— to be mindful of their surroundings at all times. The defendant faces prison time if found guilty.”