Deaf woman punched in the face in unprovoked attack by man with pending cases in police-defunded NYC


MANHATTAN, NY- According to authorities, a woman was hospitalized on Sunday, September 5th, after a man punched her in the face in a random attack at the Union Square subway station that sent her falling onto the tracks. 

The New York Police Department (NYPD) stated that the victim, a 59-year-old woman, who is deaf, was waiting for the train on the northbound platform of the Nos. 4, 5, 6 lines around 10 a.m. when the man swung and struck her in the face. The attacked was completely unprovoked.

The victim lost her balance when she was punched and fell onto the subway tracks. Good Samaritans on the platform jumped into action and rushed to help get the woman off the tracks before a train came in.

Police said the victim was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. The suspect reportedly fled out of the subway station to the street, but was successfully apprehended by police.

The NYPD identified the suspect as 41-year-old Vladimir Pierre of Brooklyn. Pierre has been charged with assault, felony assault, and reckless endangerment.

The New York Post reported that Pierre’s bust came just days after he was freed without bail on September 1st for allegedly randomly punching another woman in Brooklyn. That woman has been identified as Crystal Porter. 

Porter, a 30-year-old mom of two, was waiting for the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens shuttle when she was attacked. Porter said in a statement:

“He don’t want to fight men. He just wants to fight women. I don’t even know him. He was coming down the stairs. He was yelling, but I don’t even think he was talking to me. He came down the stairs and he just punched me.”

Porter said that as cops arrived on scene, Pierre told her, “You’re going to die today.” 

Law enforcement sources said Pierre was charged with assault in the attack on Porter, but could not be held on bail because of state reforms. Before the laws changed, a judge could have previously considered ordering Pierre held on bail.

Pierre, a reputed member of Brooklyn’s Newkirk Crew street gang, also has two other pending cases against him, including one for an alleged choking incident involving a female straphanger in April.

According to records, Pierre is accused of randomly approaching that woman on a Q train in Brooklyn, yelling, “I’m gonna kill you!” and then grabbing her by the neck and choking her. He also allegedly punched the woman in the face and bit her head.

The second pending case involves using “slugs” in a coin machine back in 2020. Pierre has been the subject of 10 previous reports for an emotionally disturbed person. 

In a separate incident at the end of August, a man waiting for the train at Union Square subway station was hit in the head with a hammer in an unprovoked attack. The victim, who is in his 40s, was standing on the northbound Q train platform in the evening when a suspect struck him from behind with a blunt instrument believed to be a hammer.

The suspect, a man wearing all black with white lettering on his shirt, fled the station. This incident was the second time in two days that a person was randomly attacked on a subway platform in New York City. 

The day prior, NYPD reported that a woman was beaten with a metal pole while waiting for the G train. A man wielding a metal stick bludgeoned a 58-year-old woman. The victim was waiting for the train when the suspect came up to her and bashed her with the stick multiple times in the head, leg, and arm. 

Police released security video of the middle-aged suspect, who was wearing a black t-shirt with an egg and bacon image and multi colored shorts during the unprovoked attack. 

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Man puts genitals on woman’s arm while riding the subway, attacks her for taking his picture in police-defunded NYC

September 2nd, 2021

MANHATTAN, NY- According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), a man sexually assaulted a woman on a Manhattan train and then shoved her when she took his picture.

Authorities stated that the 23-year-old victim was riding a southbound 1 train approaching the 28th Street station in Chelsea around 11:25 a.m. Monday, August 30th, when the man stood next to her and placed his exposed penis on her right arm.

Both the victim and suspect got off the train at 28th Street, where the victim then confronted him and started snapping photos of him. After that, the suspect allegedly swiped the victim’s phone from her hand and threw it to the ground, damaging it.

Cops said that then the suspect shoved the woman and ran off. The victim did not report any physical injuries. 

Authorities have since released two images of the suspect, one taken from the victim and the other from a surveillance camera. He is described as being in his 30s, 5’11”, and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion.

He has a medium build, black hair in dreadlocks and a black beard.

He was last seen wearing a red head wrap, a red checkered face mask, a black T-shirt, black cargo pants and black and tan boots.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-77-PISTA (74782).

In a separate incident, the NYPD has announced it is trying to locate a man accused of pushing a woman down a subway staircase at a Queens station.

Details of the incident were shared by police with video of the suspect hopping a subway turnstile at the Jamaica-Van Wyck station where the assault occurred. Police said that the man shoved a 31-year-old woman down the staircase just before 5 a.m. on August 14th.

The woman fell down the stairs and injured the right side of her body. Police said the man then followed her down to the station’s mezzanine before opting to hop the turnstile and run out of the station.

Subway surveillance images show the man wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a yellow jacket and dark-colored pants. Police believe the man could be between 25 and 40 years old.

In another incident, police have made an arrest following a vicious hammer attack on a Manhattan subway platform. NYPD investigators arrested 41-year-old Jamar Newton of Brooklyn. 

Newton has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

Surveillance shows the attack, which took place on the northbound N and R train platform at Union Square Station.

Police stated that the 44-year-old victim was struck in the back of the head after an argument, causing him to call onto the tracks. The victim has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.  

After attacking the 44-year-old, Newton also attacked an 18-year-old man at the 125th Street station. Newton reportedly ripped the chain from the neck of the teenager, who then chased Newton through the station until the cops spotted what was happening and grabbed the alleged thief.

Cops recovered the chain and while processing Newton for the arrest, they realized he was linked to the hammer attack a day earlier. Newton has also been charged in connection to clothing thefts from two Bushwick thrift stores, one in June and one in April.

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Man attacked at ATM by hatchet-wielding man in police-defunded New York City

MANHATTAN, NY – A 50-year old man was simply trying to get some cash out of an ATM in a JPMorgan Chase bank ATM vestibule.

It was a little after 5 pm last Sunday in New York City’s Financial District. As he paid attention to the transaction he was attempting on the screen, another man walked around the inside of the vestibule before approaching his victim. 

He introduced himself to the unsuspecting man by swinging the hatchet at his leg, striking him and drawing blood. What happened over the next :50 seconds was hard to watch. 

The assailant followed his victim around the lobby, swinging his weapon and pushing the man to the ground. As the video progresses, you can see the victim, who attempted to fight off his attacker, bleeding profusely from the head. 

According to the Daily Mail, he was struck once in the leg and three times in the head. The assailant then smashed the screens of the ATMs before he dropped the hatchet and fled the scene. 

“It’s crazy,” a witness said. “People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.”  

EMS arrived on the scene and treated the man before transporting him the Bellevue Hospital where he is in stable condition. 

The New York Post conducted a bedside interview.  

“‘A man was there with a hatchet and [hit] my head…and my leg,’ said the victim in Spanish.”

Police say that the attack appeared to be unprovoked and the victim did not know the attacker. They believed that the attack was random.

A little before 10 pm on Tuesday evening, a man matching the suspect’s description was smashing windows.

Police intervened in the vandalism and escorted him to Bellevue for psychological evaluation. As of this writing, no arrests had been made and it was unclear of the suspect and the 37-year old individual apprehended by police were the same man. 

It makes you wonder how long this attack would have lasted and how extensive the victim’s injuries would have been had New York City allowed constitutional carry or greater access to concealed carry permits. 

This is a developing story. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

But, it is another act of violence in a city that has seen violent crime rise. 

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Residents seek return of plainclothes cops amid rising gun violence in police-defunded New York City

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, many locals and business owners in Harlem are asking for an increase in police presence in the area, including bringing back plainclothes NYPD officers, to help combat the concerning levels of gun violence in the area.

In Harlem, the 32nd Precinct is one of the areas where gun violence has increased the most.

Shootings have increased by over 60% in the neighborhood this year compared to the same period of 2020.

Local restaurant owners claim that some of their customers have voiced concerns about potentially being shot by a stray bullet while dining on the street.

As of August 12th, 2021, the 32nd Precinct has seen 31 shooting incidents, whereas there were only 19 during the same timespan in 2020.

Alex Price, who operates the Cantina Restaurant on Lenox Avenue, is among those restaurateurs that would like to see more police in the area to help deter violent crime:

“I would feel more safe for me and my clients that we would have a little bit more police presence here.”

From 124th to 129th Street, business owners voiced concerns about the dramatic rise in shootings and crime, and what this represents for their customers’ safety.

Alpheaus Marcus, a local community activist, mirrored worries about patrons of outdoor dining establishments becoming the victims of “one of these bullets”:

“With the business establishments having outside events, the concern is one of these bullets, like we see in the city so many times, actually striking a patron.”

Marcus added that he’d like to see Mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate the plainclothes unit within the NYPD before he exits office in the coming months:

“What we want is, especially de Blasio with his last four months to stop playing politics. We want them to reactivate the plainclothes unit, because, again, these shootings are reckless and senseless.”

The NYPD’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded during the summer of 2020, but plainclothes units have reemerged in the Bronx borough in recent months in an effort to curtail gang activity and drug crimes.

Local Travaulya Wallace believes that a plainclothes unit coming to help out in Harlem could be beneficial to the area:

“I do believe that there should be different type of officers in different type of clothing. Some outfits are intimidating, right? It can provoke some people to want to push against.”

Business owners along the strip running from 124th to 129th Street have also noted that a contributing factor to the gun crime in the area stems from the like of gang members and drug dealers establishing or holding down their territory.

Donnell Van Duyne remarked on that aspect impacting the area:

“In the area there’s a lot of gang violence. A lot of young kids are getting shot. Honestly speaking, it’s over nothing and it’s putting a lot of lives in danger.”

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams would like to see a full-on return of the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, having mentioned back in April that the decision to disband the unit during the summer of 2020 was akin to throwing “out the baby with the bathwater”:

“We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets…We can do it right, we’ll get it right, and we’ll make sure our city is safe.”

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Back in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding a violent robbery of an elderly man that occurred in East Harlem, with authorities searching for the suspect that was caught on security camera. 

Here’s that previous report. 


NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD are investigating an attack and robbery where authorities say that an 86-year-old man was the victim of said crime, which occurred in the East Harlem area earlier in July.

Police say the attack and robbery occurred on July 19th at approximately 8:15 a.m. as the victim was walking down Lexington Avenue, near the corner of East 116th Street.

The unidentified assailant reportedly approached the victim from the rear and restrained his arms. Investigators say that the suspect then forcibly removed the victim’s wallet from his pocket and then fled southbound on Lexington Avenue.

The unnamed elderly victim sustained some bruising from the attack and was treated at an area hospital.

Police described the suspect as a black male with short dreadlocks, last seen wearing black sweatpants, red shoes, and a black long-sleeve shirt with the word “NYC” written on the front.

Anyone with information on the case, the suspect’s identity or whereabouts are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Spanish-speaking callers are asked to call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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NYPD searching for gunmen responsible for mass shooting in coordinated gang attack that left 10 people injured

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police in New York City are searching for the four suspects involved in a suspected gang-related mass shooting that injured 10 people, three of which were alleged gang members.

Officials say that there were two gunmen responsible for firing into a crowd, with two other suspects on mopeds serving as the gunmen’s getaway drivers.

On July 31st at approximately 10:40 p.m., two men opened fire on a crowd near the area of 98th Street and 37th Avenue, leaving 10 victims injured in the shooting. Surveillance video captured the moments when the two suspects fired upon the crowd.

Police say that the two gunmen then boarded mopeds with drivers ready that were waiting nearby the scene of the shooting, fleeing the area.

Investigators say that at least 37 shots were fired by the suspects during the incident, with the victims ranging in age from 19 to 72. Luckily, all those wounded during the shooting were transported to an area hospital and are all expected to survive.

Of those injured, the most seriously wounded was one victim who was shot in the stomach.

It’s believed by investigators that of the 10 injured, only three were intended targets of the shooting. The sidewalk at the time of the shooting just so happened to have been crowded due to a birthday party that was taking place at a nearby restaurant.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig expressed his frustration over these sorts of gang-related shootings:

“There’s just one common theme, I want to get out there, that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city. That’s gang members. That’s guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks. And lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop.”

Both mayoral candidates for New York City, Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democrat Eric Adams, have weighed in on the matter and how they’d respectively tackle the issues surrounding gang shootings in the city. 

Sliwa stated that his solution would be simple, which is the hiring of more police officers in Ne York City: 

“What I, as mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, would do immediately is something that our mayor is afraid to do, which is hire more police.”

Adams shared similar sentiments, but expanded upon the idea of adding more police by specifying the creation of a specialized task force that would address gang violence: 

“We need a joint gangs and guns task force, with federal, state and city coordination to make sure that we can do information sharing, go after the guns that are on the streets, stop the flow of guns, and take down these crews.”

Hours after the mass shooting, another shooting incident transpired in the Manhattan area. Just as with the previous shooting, this one was also captured on surveillance footage.

On August 1st at approximately 2:15 a.m., a 35-year-old man was shot during an armed robbery that took place along the sidewalk on East 30th Street near Third Avenue in Kips Bay.

Video shows the victim being approached from the rear by the gunman, who police say the suspect demanded the victim’s watch and necklace. The victim can be seen backing away, hastily removing the items and tossing them toward the gunman.

Police say even after complying, the suspect shot the victim in the leg. The victim was later transported to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.

Anyone with information on either of the shootings incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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