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Cops Say Finance Worker Karl Vanderwoude Is 'Well-Dressed' Groper

04/13/2012 03:30 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2012

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN -- A staffer at an international financial firm was arrested Friday for allegedly groping women Downtown and on the Upper East Side during a frightening sex attack spree.

Karl Vanderwoude, 26, of Park Slope, has been identified as the "well-dressed" groper behind four seperate attacks on women during a nearly two-month spree, police said. He has been charged with forcible touching and unlawful surveillance, police said.

Vanderwoude works as an operations coordinator for MVision Private Equity Advisers, a corporate financial advisory firm with offices on Madison Avenue, according to the company's website.

A staffer at the firm declined to comment.

The suspect, shown in surveillance footage wearing a dark suit, overcoat and gloves, struck four times over the past month-and-a-half, police said.

He initially struck on Feb. 25 at East 62nd Street and Park Avenue, where he grabbed a 33-year-old woman's inner thigh about 12:30 p.m., police said.

The next day, he grabbed a 31-year-old woman below the waist about 11:15 a.m., at Varick and King streets in Hudson Square, and the following day fondled a 19-year-old girl's buttocks at East 67th Street and Second Avenue about 1:30 p.m., police said.

Most recently, on March 30, the suspect approached a 22-year-old woman at Centre and Chambers streets shortly before 7:30 p.m. and put his hand between her legs, police said.

Vanderwoude was charged with unlawful surveillance for the March 30 attack, cops noted.

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