According to reports, the predator followed a young girl into an alley near her home in South Ozone Park after she chased a ball that bounced over the fence of her driveway.
The suspect fled the scene on foot at around 7:50 p.m. following the assault, according to reports.
The child was later taken to Queens General Hospital for injuries from the attack.
Police say the same man assaulted another seven-year-old girl earlier that day at around 2:45 p.m. in the same neighborhood.
According to reports, the suspect approached the girl sitting on her front stoop and grabbed her buttocks and fled the scene when the child’s 12-year-old sister, who was also sitting on the stoop, yelled at him.
The suspect is described as a male in his early 20s, with black hair, approximately 6' tall and weighing around 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the front, dark jeans and carrying a purple backpack.
A $12,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Tipsters can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.