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Stamford man accused of groping woman downtown

September 26, 2018

STAMFORD — Police say a city man jailed for stealing a bike has been linked to a downtown sexual assault.

Desmond Brown, 38, has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and Judge Bruce Hudock ordered him held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Brown has been accused of groping a woman up her skirt in broad daylight last month on Broad Street near Greyrock Place.

Hudock called the incident “pretty blatant.”

According to Brown’s three-page arrest affidavit, a woman said she was approached from behind as she walked to work around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The woman said the man had short hair, big teeth and appeared dirty. The woman said she asked the man if she could help him and he replied, “I’m going where you go,” the affidavit said.

As the woman entered her place of employment on Forest Street, the man reached up her skirt and groped her, the affidavit said.

The woman exclaimed, “Jesus Christ,” and other people in the office looked up.

The woman and others ran after the man, but they lost sight of him.

A few days later, Brown was charged with stealing a bicycle from the Wedge Inn.

Video surveillance from the theft showed him in the same clothing as the woman described the sexual assault suspect wearing, the affidavit said. Brown admitted to touching the woman’s buttocks when questioned by police, the affidavit said.

The assault victim also identified Brown through a photo lineup, the affidavit said.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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