Police Searching Man in Connection With CT Transit Gropings

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    Police said this man, identified as Jesus Ayala, is wanted in connection with groping cases on CT Transit buses.

    Hartford police are looking for a 58-year-old East Hartford man suspected of groping teenage girls on CT Transit buses.

    Hartford police said Jesus Ayala is wanted in connection with two sexual assaults of teenagers on various CT Transit bus routes in December and January.

    Ayala approached the teens subtly by bumping into them, then became more aggressive, according to police.

    He was wearing a bright blue winter coat, blue jeans and sneakers during both incidents.

    Ayala is also suspected in a similar case in Manchester, which was not reported to police.

    Police are working with CT Transit to help find Ayala.

    Bond will be set at $35,000 when police find Ayala, who was living in East Hartford, but might have fled to New York City.

    If you see Ayala or have information on his whereabouts, please call Detective Otero at 860-757-4232 or Detective Lewis at 860-757-4186. 

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