Suspect Arrested in Connection With Beating in Delancey Street Subway Station

NYPD/Surveillance camera image.

NYPD/Surveillance camera image.

Police have arrested a suspect in the beating of a 65-year-old man in the Delancey Street subway station last month.

According to DNAinfo, 19-year-old Andrew Flores was taken into custody last week and charged with second degree assault. Flores, who is reportedly homeless, is being held at Riker’s Island. He’s scheduled back in court today.

The incident happened June 19 on the Queens-bound J train platform. Cops say the suspect punched his victim in the face and then continued to punch and kick the man after he fell to the ground. The victim was rushed to the hospital, after becoming unconscious. He was treated and later released.

Flores was identified from security camera footage.

65-Year-Old Man Assaulted at Delancey Street Train Station


Police are trying to track down a suspect who assaulted a 65-year-old man in the Delancey Street subway station last week.

It happened June 18, a week ago Sunday, at around 5 p.m. on the Queens-bound J train platform. Cops say the suspect punched his victim in the face and then continued to punch and kick the man after he fell to the ground. The victim was rushed to the hospital, after becoming unconscious. He was treated and later released.

Police say the suspect is around 20 years old, he’s about 5-foot-7 and has long hair. They believe he’s Hispanic. If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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.”

Good Samaritan Helped Victim After Forsyth Street Attack

Stanton Street and Forsyth Street.

Stanton Street and Forsyth Street.

There’s more today on the brutal beating of a woman early Saturday morning near Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

As we reported yesterday, the victim was knocked unconscious, according to police, by 23-year-old Devin Brown. The incident, at the intersection of Forsyth and Stanton streets, happened at around 6 a.m. Brown was taken into custody and charged with assault and drug possession.

Channel 7 talked with the victim’s grandson, who says she had gone outside to collect cans for recycling. “Her face looked really swollen, the doctor had to put a tube in her mouth entirely so she could breathe’s just horrible,” the grandson said.

The Daily News reported that the 61-year-old woman, “suffered bleeding on her brain, and needed to be intubated after the Saturday attack.” A good Samaritan apparently came to her aid during the incident. More from the News:

Police sources said the attacker, Devin Brown, 23, was looming over the victim on Forsyth St. near Stanton St., by Sara D. Roosevelt Park, when a passing motorist noticed her legs sticking out from behind a tree at 6 a.m. The witness got out of his car and asked Brown what he was doing, and Brown twice yelled out, “She robbed me!” Except the woman was bleeding from the mouth and unconscious, and he was repeatedly slamming her head into the ground, sources said.

According to a criminal complaint, there’s surveillance video showing the attack. Brown is accused of searching the victim’s pockets for money before he fled the scene. The witness called 911. The woman was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, while cops caught Brown on Eldridge Street.

Brown is being held on $500,000 bail.

Woman Attacked Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park By Suspect Carrying Bags of Marijuana


Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect for allegedly beating a woman unconscious early Saturday morning.

According o the New York Post, it happened at around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Forsyth and Stanton streets. The suspect, Devin Brown, is accused of repeatedly punching an unidentified woman in her late 50s.  She was unconscious when emergency teams arrived at the scene. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition later in the day.

Brown was taken into custody and charged with assault. He also faces drug possession charges. He had been carrying 11 bags of marijuana, police said. Cops had not yet determined why Brown attacked the woman or whether they knew each other.

Report: White Supremacists Attacked Two Men on Essex Street Last Night

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According to the New York Post, two men were attacked last night outside Clockwork Bar on Essex Street by a group of white supremacists.

The incident happened at around 12:30 a.m. as the 27-year old twin brothers walked out of the punk dive bar at 21 Essex St. The Post reported that a gang of six or seven skinheads took offense at an anti-fascist sticker of one of the brothers’ cell phones. Here’s more from the story:

The beat down happened when the brothers, both 27-year-old Columbia graduate students noticed the large group of “skinheads” hanging inside one of their usual haunts called Clockwork on Essex Street and decided to head for the exits around 12:30 a.m. On the way out the door, they ran into a group of smokers outside who noticed the sticker on one of their phones reading “New York City Anti-Fascists.”

One of the victims, who asked the Post not to use his name, said, “One of the guys … sees [my brother’s] phone, grabs it and starts screaming, ‘I know what the f— that means, I know what the f— that sticker is, you need to get the f— out of here.”

“He throws the phone on the ground and they just start jumping us right in front of the bar,” said the man. The brothers were beat up by the gang, some of whom were using brass knuckles. Cops said they were wearing matching vests with patches that read, “211 Crew.” That’s a known white supremacist group.

When the brothers tried to get away, they were chased down Essex Street and Hester Street. The gang then continued attacking the brothers. The victim explained, “One of the guys pulled a knife on my brother first and starts slashing at him. Then the guy with the knife starts coming over to me… His buddy grabs him and I guess at that point they all decide to run off.”

Undervover cops happened to be driving by, spotted the victims and stopped to find out what had happened. The brothers were able to identify one of the suspects, who was still hanging out in the area. Police arrested 29-year-old John Young. According to online court records, Young was charged with second degree gang assault, grand larceny and menacing with a weapon. Several accomplices have not yet been caught.

One of the victims said, “I didn’t think something like this could happen. This is crazy… I didn’t think they would be so brazen as to patronize a bar in Manhattan like that. I go there all the time and never felt a bad feeling.”

One of the men needed five staples to close a head wound. The other brother also suffered a head wound and required two staples. They both had cuts and bruises.

UPDATE Feb. 13, 3:35 p.m. See more information here, including a statement from the owners of Clockwork Bar.

Cops Search For Suspects After Orchard Street Attack


Police are looking for two suspects who attacked a 22-year-old man outside the grocery store on the southeast corner of Orchard and Rivington streets this past weekend.

According to the Daily News, the attack followed a confrontation at about 4:15 a.m. on Sunday. The suspects knocked a paper bag out of the man’s hands. They then punched the victim in the face and slashed his arm with some kind of sharp object. The suspects took off north on Orchard Street.  The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

You can see the blurry surveillance stills released by cops yesterday (Gothamist published the video – see below). One of the suspects was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants. The other was wearing a white t-shirt, white pants and a dark baseball cap.

If you have information about this crime, call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577 TIPS.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m. DNA Info reported that police arrested one of the suspects today on Orchard Street, not far from where the attack happened. Cops had received a call about a man acting strangely. Upon arrival, they found 22-year-old John Rivera. He was carrying knife. Rivera was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police later charged him with assault in connection with last week’s incident.

Cops Open Murder Investigation Five Years After Lower East Side Fight

A Lower East Side woman could face murder charges five years after a fight sent her longtime friend into a coma.

The altercation happened Oct. 1, 2011 outside Superior Deli on Gouverneur Street. The victim, Edith Rodriguez, remained alive until this past spring, when she died. Last month, the Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide, according to a report today in the Daily News.

At the time of the attack, the District attorney declined to file charges against Hilda Gaston.  The two women, both residents of the Vladeck Houses, had been friends for 20 years, but had been feuding before the incident. Gaston is said to have punched Rodriguez, who fell backwards and hit her head on the concrete.

Police have reopened the investigation, but no charges have been filed as of yet.


Police: Assault Victim Burglarized Essex Street Restaurant on Same Night

Patacon Pisao, 139 Essex St.

Patacon Pisao, 139 Essex St.

Here’s a strange one from the New York Post Police Blotter. At around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to Delancey Street, where 23-year-old Kenneth Johnson had been “knocked out by someone who punched him in the head.” After he was taken to a local hospital, the cops were called to Patacon Pisao, the restaurant at 139 Essex St., on the report of a burglary.  They got a look at security camera footage that showed Johnson and two accomplices entering through an unlocked door at about 1 a.m. and swiping two tablet computers. Johnson, Joallan Garcia and Christopher Durjan were all arrested and charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.

Cops Search For Suspect in November Attack Inside Delancey Street McDonald’s

NYPD photo.

NYPD photo.

Police are renewing their push to find a suspect in the attack of a 64-year-old man at the Delancey Street McDonald’s  late last year.

The incident happened at around 1 a.m. on November 28 inside the fast food restaurant. The suspect began arguing with an employee and then the confrontation escalated. According to cops, the suspect began throwing punches and forced the victim to the ground, stomping on him. The employee was hospitalized and treated for facial injuries and bleeding in the brain. The victim made a full recovery.

Police released the surveillance photo you see posted above. If you can help solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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