An elderly woman was taken to the hospital after a daylight attack injured her head, according to local sources. Officers with the New York City Police Department arrested the alleged perpetrator, who has been arrested many times before for similar crimes. It is unknown whether the man remains in custody at this time, or if he has retained criminal defense counsel in advance of a trial date.
According to witnesses and footage picked up by a surveillance camera, it appears the 92-year-old woman was walking along Third Street around 3:30 p.m. the afternoon of June 12 when the alleged attack took place. The camera footage apparently shows a man pushing her and then walking away. She fell to the ground and struck her head on a fire hydrant.
Passersby called an ambulance, and the woman was treated and released. Police tracked down the suspected man and arrested him for assault. He has been accused of assaulting at least three other individuals in the past four months alone, and police say he is a convicted sex offender with over 100 prior charges on his record. If he goes to jail, he could face considerable prison time given his prior offenses.
However, the American justice system requires that New York prosecutors treat this man fairly and that he be guaranteed the presumption of innocence unless and until it is proven in court that he is guilty of the offenses charged. His criminal defense attorney will also review the footage, as well as witness and police statements, in preparation for the coming court proceedings. The focus will be on building a meaningful defense against the assault charge he now faces.