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In the last three weeks, two female students at Kingsborough Community College have reported being groped and manhandled by unruly male classmates with apparent idle hands.
Officials said that the two incidents took place on the CUNY college campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. The first accosting took place on October 21. The last one occurred on November 4.
Arrests have been made in both cases, officials said. In one of the incidents, the apprehension was made by campus security.
The two incidents do not appear to be related, officials said.
Officials said that 23-year-old Tyfayel Wadud was arrested in the first incident after he allegedly groped an 18-year-old student.
The victim told police that she was walking through campus at 3:20 p.m. when Wadud allegedly crept up behind her and grabbed her breasts. He then “committed a lewd act on himself” and fled, according to published reports.
Cops caught up with Wadud a short time later, taking him into custody without incident on charges of forcible touching.
Two weeks later, 18-year-old Toufic Wachaa and 19-year-old Ahmad Alawie were arrested for allegedly accosting a 21-year-old female student.
Officials allege that both Wachaa and Alawie grabbed the young woman’s buttocks. Alawie also grabbed the woman’s face.
But the two young men soon got their comeuppance -- the victim’s friend reportedly heard what had happened and charged the two men with a car club in his hand.
The 23-year-old, later identified as Maksim Rabayev, reportedly cracked Alawie in the face with the steering wheel immobilizer, leaving him bloody and bruised.
Campus security reportedly rounded up all three men in short order. Wachaa and Alawie were ultimately charged with forcible touching, according to Kings County prosecutors. Alawie was also charged with menacing.
Rabayev was charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon, officials said.
Calls to Kingsborough administrators regarding these two incidents were not returned as this paper went to press.
Police said that, while troubling, these incidents are not common at the college, which remains one of the lowest crime areas in the 61st Precinct.
Michael Geller, a community activist who runs a drug and alcohol program at the college, said that he never heard about the two attacks.
“This is news to me,” he said, adding that more than 16,000 students come to Kingsborough every week to attend class.
“With that many people on two or three acres of land, I guess something is going to happen, but for the most part the campus is safe.”
“It’s a joy to go [to campus],” he said. “Any student will tell you that.”
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