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.”