Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Karl Vanderwoude My nightmare since NYPD wrongly tarred me as Gentleman Groper
Karl Vanderwoude, who was the target of a manhunt by the New York City Police Department, told his side of the story to CBS 2′s Chris Wragge in an exclusive interview.
“It still feels like a terrible dream,” Vanderwoude said.
Vanderwoude said police have got it dead wrong and that he is not the so-called “gentleman groper.”
Wragge: “Can you look at me here and say ‘I am not the guy who has been accused of this. I have never groped a woman.’”
Vanderwoude: “I can certainly look you in the eyes and say that I have never groped a woman and I’m not responsible for any of these charges.”
The 26-year-old Bible study leader said his life has been a nightmare since his arrest 10 days ago.
“At that point I was shocked. That was when I knew that something was terribly wrong,” Vanderwoude said.
Police said the so-called “gentleman groper,” seen in surveillance video in business attire, has assaulted four women since February in Manhattan.
“The evidence is…it’ll speak for itself. It’s impossible to be at two places at one time,” Vanderwoude said.
Vanderwoude said women on the streets should not breathe any easier.
“I’m not the right guy and, unfortunately, he is still out there,” he said.