24-Year-Old Man Indicted in Connection With Brutal Forsyth Street Attack

A 24-year-old man has been indicted in connection with a vicious attack on a 61-year-old woman near Sara D. Roosevelt Park last month.

Devin Brown was charged with attempted murder (2nd degree), assault (1st degree) and attempted robbery (1st degree) in the May 20 incident. In a statement, DA Cy Vance said, “Devin Brown is accused of brutally attacked a 61-year-old woman while she was walking alone on the Lower East Side, without any apparent provocation… The details of this senseless attack are truly shocking – the defendant is accused of continuing to assault the victim as she lay motionless on the ground.”

According to court documents, Brown came up to the woman at around 6 a.m. as she walked on Forsyth Street, and punched her, knocking the victim to the ground. A press release from the D.A. adds, “The defendant rifled through her pockets and then proceeded to stomp on her head and kick her. Brown only stopped attacking the woman when an eyewitness approached. That eyewitness called the police, who arrived on the scene and arrested the defendant in a nearby deli.”

The Daily News reported yesterday that the woman may have permanent brain damage. She has been hospitalized since the morning of the attack. Brown allegedly claimed that he was provoked by the woman, telling cops, “That b—h robbed me first!” Then he changed his story, according to the News, explaining to investigators that he was, “drunk and on Xanax” and had smoked marijuana before the incident. Brown allegedly said he did not remember anything, but added,”(I) wouldn’t put my hands on a female.” At the arraignment, he pleaded not guilty.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Alissa Marque said of the victim, “Her vocal cords were severely damaged so she could barely speak. She still cannot eat or drink without a tube.”

Suspect Arrested in Forsyth Street Barber Shop Murder

Joshua Nunez.

Police have arrested a suspect in the October 6 murder of Charles Fernandez outside a barbershop on Forsyth Street.  21-year old Joshua Nunez of Bushwick was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

He has 13 prior arrests for such crimes as reckless endangerment, drug impaired driving, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and robbery.

Police said Fernandez was killed after an argument that started in the barber shop spilled out onto the street. The two men were part of a larger feud that had been going on for several months.

Fernandez had three young children and lived on Mott Street.


Man Shot and Killed Outside Forsyth Street Barber Shop

Forsyth and Broome streets. Photo by thelodownny.com.

This morning police are searching for several suspects in the fatal shooting last night outside the Jose Beauty Salon and Barber Shop at 110 Forsyth Street.   An NYPD spokesperson says officers were called to the scene, at Forsyth and Broome streets, at 9:30 p.m.  The victim had already been transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses said an argument began in the barber shop and continued on the street. The victim was 32 years old. Police are withholding his identity until family members are notified.  An employee at the Don Juan Bodega, located in the same building, said he heard the shots and then saw several young people fleeing in every direction, but he didn’t get more than a glimpse at any of them.

No description of the suspects from police yet; we’ll update when there are more details.

 UPDATE 10/7/2012 10:17 p.m. Police have identified the victim as 29-year old Charles Fernandez of Mott Street.


A Closer Look: Why Nativity Mission Center School Closed

Former Principal Danny Perez in the halls of the recently closed Nativity Mission Center middle school.

“I don’t want to be here,” said Danny Perez, former principal of Nativity Mission Center middle school, “going through files and looking at pictures and thinking about what was here; what could have been here if we could have stayed; what more we could have done.”

Sitting in his cluttered office in the school’s Forsyth Street home, surrounded by boxes in need of packing, he was voicing unfamiliar feelings.  Perez graduated from Nativity in 1998 and returned soon after college to serve as a Spanish teacher and guidance counselor before becoming principal in 2011. Last month, he witnessed the departure of the 16 young men who comprise Nativity’s latest and final graduating class. After more than 40 years on the Lower East Side, the school has closed for good.

Teenage Girl Attacked on Delancey Street, Fights Back

Search dogs were brought to the crime scene, on Forsyth Street, near Rivington.

Search dogs were brought in yesterday to track down a suspect who fled after attacking a young woman on Delancey Street.   It happened around 4 p.m. as a 17-year old girl was walking along Delancey.  According to police, the suspect took her to the back of a building and ripped her jacket off. The Daily News reports the victim kicked the man in the crotch and then escaped.

For a short time yesterday afternoon, police were inside Pacific Aquarium and Pet Store at 46 Delancey.  But the investigation was centered near the intersection of Forsyth and Rivington streets.  A K-9 team went inside 174 Forsyth, a building for hearing impaired residents across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park.  This morning the search continues for the suspect.  See more photos after the jump.

Woman Injured by Traffic Sign

Photo credit: Singtao Daily.

Singtao Daily (via Our Chinatown) reports: a woman was struck by a traffic sign near Henry and Forsyth streets this week.  The sign advises cars to slow down for pedestrians crossing at the intersection.  The Chinese language newspaper said the woman was unsure whether a passing truck might have jostled the sign, causing it to fall and strike her forehead.


Two Non-Profits at Odds Over Forsyth Produce Market

Forsyth Street Market.

When it comes to the Forsyth Street produce market, conflict is nothing new. But now a new controversy is brewing — as two venerable New York City non-profits tussle for control of the sidewalk running alongside the Manhattan Bridge.

The last flare-up on Forsyth Street occurred over the summer, when the 5th Precinct began a crackdown on fruit and vegetable vendors, citing concerns about sanitation and illegal parking.  Several weeks ago, State Senator Daniel Squadron got all of the stakeholders together — including city agencies, community activists and other elected officials — in hopes of mediating an agreement.

Crime Victim Fights Back, Stabbed by iPhone Thief

From this morning’s New York Post Police Blotter:

A knife-wielding hood stabbed a man during a botched robbery in Chinatown yesterday. The 24-year-old victim was on Forsyth Street near Delancey Street at 1:20 a.m. when the punk tried to swipe his iPod. The victim fought back, only to be stabbed by the thug, who ran off. The victim was treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Elected Officials Discuss Forsyth Vendor Concerns with City

A follow-up on the continuing tensions between the Forsyth Street produce vendors and the NYPD. Last month, the vendors and the Urban Justice Center staged a protest under the Manhattan Bridge, complaining that the police and other city agencies were going on a ticket-writing frenzy in an effort to scare them away.

Yesterday, representatives of many of those agencies, as well as State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and staff from the offices of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Borough President Scott Stringer got together to discuss the situation.

Coming Up Saturday: Formula One Cars Roar onto Forsyth Street

Ayrton Senna, who died in a racing crash 17 years ago.

The Lower East Side isn’t much of a hotbed for auto racing (unless you’re talking Delancey Street). But on Saturday the area around the Sunshine Cinema is the place to be for Formula One fans. In conjunction with the premiere of Senna,” a documentary recounting the life and fiery death of racing champion Ayrton Senna, there be a big display of exotic sports cars – including two historic Formula One cars (from the 1970’s).

Race car driver Alex Roy will be on hand with his BMW M5 (the car he used to set the 31 hour and 4 minute transcontinental LA-NYC record). Senna writer Manish Pandey and ESPN commentator John Bisignano will also be there. The cars will be lined up on Forsyth Street between Stanton and East Houston strating at 11 a.m. You can check out the Senna Facebook page for more info.


Group Alleges Unfair Treatment of Forsyth Street Vegetable Vendors

The Street Vendor Project (part of the Urban Justice Center) is coming to the defense of the Forsyth Street vegetable merchants.  Yesterday they staged a news conference under the Manhattan Bridge, alleging that city agencies are unfairly targeting the vendors, who they said are only trying to provide a low-income neighborhood with fresh produce.

Forsyth Street Vendors Stage Protest


Right now, the Urban Justice Center is holding a news conference on Forsyth Street, where vegetable vendors say they are under siege. In recent months police have been cracking down on the vendors, who they say are in violation of city sanitation laws. More to come…