Police are on the hunt for a rampant subway masturbator who was allegedly caught fondling himself in three separate incidents last week.
Robert Mannis, 61, of East Flatbush, was inside the Herald Square subway station Oct. 2 when a 27-year-old woman witnessed him fondling himself on the platform around 6:30 p.m., according to police.
The next day, Oct. 3, Mannis was on an E train at about 9:30 am when a 27-year-old woman allegedly spotted him masturbating as he stared at her, the New York Post reported.
The second victim took a picture of Mannis with her cellphone before he exited the train at the Lexington Avenue/53 Street station.
Authorities say a 32-year-old man riding a southbound A train at 14th Street Oct. 11 reported seeing the suspect masturbating on the train.
While this isn’t the crime of the century, it’s a disturbing trend. Moreover, a person willing to brazenly “whip it out” in pubic is probably capable of greater sexual offenses.
No injuries were reported in any of the cases. Police released a photo of Mannis in which he appears to be picking his nose. Mannis was last seen wearing a light jacket and blue jeans and is believed to be about 6 feet tall and 200 to 250 pounds. He has obviously shaven off his mustache and beard.
Mannis has an extensive arrest history for similar incidents, police sources said. Mannis has reportedly served time for offenses including attempted robbery and burglary. The Daily News reports, “Mannis has been in and out of state prison six times on attempted burglary and robbery charges since 1974, and was most recently released in 2012.”
In March, Mannis was arrested and charged with public lewdness after police said he masturbated on the Dekalb Avenue platform in Brooklyn in February, and also allegedly exposed himself on subway stairs at West 32nd Street and Broadway.
Anyone with information about him is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.