A registered sex offender was arrested for the 28th time for allegedly grinding on a Subway passenger.
Basam Syed, a 35-year-old Queens, New York, resident, was free despite over two dozen prior arrests, including four while on probation for a sex crime. On Tuesday, he was busted for grinding on a passenger on the northbound No. 4 train and charged with persistent sexual abuse. Syed’s mother jumped to his defense, saying that her son was just trying to find a wife.
“It’s not easy to find a wife and have kids,” she said. “She has to be a Pakistani. She has to be a Muslim girl.”
Syed’s other offenses include tongue kissing a 4-year-old boy, and various drug- and burglary-related incidents.
“How is this guy on the street?” a police officer asked. “Something’s wrong here.” Syed was released in February after a short time in Rikers Island, and later arrested again for assaulting his girlfriend. Simultaneously, he was charged for a sexual abuse incident involving the woman’s son. He was later freed.
Despite the various criminal incidents, Syed’s mother insisted that her son was not troubled in any way.
“He doesn’t need help,” she said. “Nothing is wrong with him.”
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