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What is wrong with some people?
The other day, a 92-year-old woman in Manhattan was walking to the store when a man passing in the other direction reached out and pushed her, knocking her over into a fire hydrant.
Here is a video of the unprovoked attack:
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know him? On 6/12 at 3:23 PM, on 3rd Avenue between 15th Street & 16th Street in Manhattan, he pushed a 92-year-old female to the ground causing her to strike her head on a fire hydrant. Have info? Call/DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/SjTltmuNbb
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 16, 2020
The victim, whose full name has not been released, is now terrified to go out on her own.
From Daily News:
“I have been all around the city, I go out on my own, I live alone,” said the grey-haired retired city school teacher, fighting off tears. “I never even think in terms of I’m going to be assaulted. I’ve felt very safe in the city. And now, forget it. I’m afraid to go out.”
“There’s a lovely park on 17th St. and Second Ave. and I like to go there,” she said. “Now I can’t walk there, I’m frightened to tears. I’m not going to walk there on my own, and that’s very upsetting.”
I feel so bad for her. She literally didn’t do anything to provoke the attack.
Her alleged attacker, however, has a history of violent, lawless behavior. At 31 years old, he has a shocking 103 prior arrests. ONE HUNDRED AND THREE.
The 31-year-old suspect’s crime career includes arrests for sexual abuse and groping women on the subway, public lewdness, harassment, sex abuse, criminal trespass, and criminal possession of marijuana.
On March 9, he punched a man in the face for no reason outside a Harlem pizzeria, cops said. He had previously punched two other people in the face without provocation in separate February incidents, police said. He was also accused of stealing $120 from a 60-year-old woman in the E. 116th St. subway station four months ago.
So, this was at least the fourth time he hit someone out of the blue in just the past five months. It sounds like he seriously needs some help.
Look, I’m all for giving second chances and providing opportunities for rehabilitation rather than long-term incarceration where appropriate. But this guy has been averaging over 7 arrests a year since he turned 18. At what point do we say enough is enough, this person has forfeited his right to participate in a civilized society?