Police Nab One, Seek Three Others, in Mugging
A 23-year-old man told police that at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 22, four individuals – two of them men – tried to take his bike at the northwest corner of Seventh Ave. and West 23rd St. When they approached him they began assaulting him, causing lacerations and pain. During the fight the victim’s phone fell to the ground, and one of the suspects picked it up and fled. The stolen phone was a Pixel 5a valued at $450. Fortunately, the victim held onto his Zoomo e-bike priced at $1,500. Jonathan Gonzalez, 22, was arrested and charged with robbery, and police continue to search for the other suspects.
Verbal Assault Becomes Violent
According to police, at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, a 63-year-old woman got into a verbal dispute with a male stranger at the southeast corner of Eleventh Ave. and West 38th St. when he punched her in the chest, causing bruising. The victim refused medical attention at the police stationhouse.
Man Arrested after Assaulting Woman outside Building
A 41-year-old woman reported that at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, she was “hanging out” in the rear of 447 West 25th St. near Tenth Ave. when a 25-year-old male stranger punched her in the face, causing minor pain, before throwing an empty plastic 12-ounce Sprite bottle at her. The victim was treated by an EMS team but refused further medical attention and showed no visible marks. Javone Paden was arrested and charged with assault.
Stranger Attacks Building Employee in Elevator
Police stated that at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, a 30-year-old man struck a 28-year-old male building employee in the face, causing pain and a scratch to his head, inside an elevator at 435 West 31st St. at Dyer Ave. The victim said that the suspect had repeatedly pushed and yelled at him and was a visitor, not a resident, in the building.
Anti-Asian Hate Crime on Street
A 68-year-old woman told police that at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, she was walking at the intersection of Ninth Ave. and West 19th St. when a “tall, skinny” man in his twenties or early thirties walked up to her. When they met at the intersection the man punched her with a closed fist on her right side, causing pain. The victim said the suspect did not say or take anything from her. Because the victim was Asian, police believe the assault was an anti-Asian hate crime.