Weird Accessories Are Fine; Grabbing Women Is Not

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Mask and snorkel
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DNAinfo reports that a 30-something man in a snorkel “bear-hugged [a 22-year-old woman] and carried her across the sidewalk” at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street last Friday morning. The victim said that her assailant let her go after “mumbling something … that she couldn’t understand,” which is unsurprising, given (1) the mask and (2) the state of mind one would have to be in, in order to literally pick up a stranger on the street. Either way, the NYPD would like to speak to him.