Police say a man wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Queens is now also suspected of another attack just hours earlier.
Investigators released surveillance video of a man walking in South Ozone Park Wednesday night.
Police say the child was playing in her backyard on Sutter Avenue just before 6 p.m. when her ball went over the fence.
They say she went to retrieve it and was snatched and assaulted in an alley.
The child was later treated at Queens General Hospital.
Police say the suspect approached a different 7-year-old girl in the neighborhood three hours earlier and groped her.
That victim's 12-year-old sister yelled at him and he ran away, according to police.
Neighbors who spoke with NY1 say news of the attack is upsetting.
Some are also blaming the recent opening of a casino nearby for bringing undesirable traffic through their neighborhood.
"I'll have to bring that up at a meeting and see what's going on with the community, to see that this don't happen, you know. Because it's really ridiculous to see a little child, 7 years old, it's really, you know, if I was here and I saw something like that," said the victim's neighbor.
The suspect is described as being in his 20s, with black hair, around 6-feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with unknown white writing on the front, dark jeans and was carrying a purple backpack.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.