Man arrested for punching woman and her 5-year-old child in police-defunded New York City

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, a woman and her 5-year-old child are recovering after allegedly being attacked by a 52-year-old man earlier in October in the city’s upper east side. The attack, according to authorities, appeared to be unprovoked.

The incident occurred on October 14th at approximately 11:00 a.m. on East 86th Street near Lexington Avenue. Authorities say that a 35-year-old woman was with her two children when a man, identified as 52-year-old Terrance Saxton, approached the three and began mumbling and cursing at them.

As the mother was trying to get herself and her two children away from the suspect, police say that Saxton punched the woman in her face and then struck her 5-year-old son.

David Solomons, a witness to the alleged attack, stated the following about the incident:

“I was shocked. I was really shocked.”

Saxton reportedly tried walking away from the area following the attack, but a group of bystanders intervened and stopped the suspect from making his way to a nearby subway station. The group of Good Samaritans brought Saxton back to a bus bench and waited for police to respond to the scene.

Solomons noted his surprise that the group who prevented Saxton from leaving the area didn’t enact a little vigilante justice before police arrived:

“I’m surprised the guy didn’t get pummeled. I mean, I really thought somebody was going to take him out.”

The suspect in the case reportedly has an extensive criminal history, having at least 10 prior arrests – one of which is for assault on a transit employee. In this latest incident, Saxton was charged with assault and harassment.

Both the mother and the young boy did not suffer any serious injuries as a result from the attack.

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Bail set at just $15k for man who tried abducting a toddler in broad daylight in police-defunded NYC

(Originally published October 14th, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The 27-year-old suspect accused of trying to abduct a toddler in broad daylight earlier in October is reportedly being held on $15,000 bail following his arraignment. The disturbing attempted abduction of the child was captured on surveillance video.

On October 11th, footage captured the moments when police say that 27-year-old Santiago Salcedo snatched 3-year-old Lilianna Repka while the young girl was walking with her grandmother at the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Baisley Avenue in Schuylerville.

The suspect seen in the video approaches the young girl and quickly yanks her away from her grandmother, wrapping the child in a blanket and storming off.

However, witness Fermin Bracero says that Salcedo let go of the little girl once he was confronted by himself and others: 

“A couple people went after him and he let the girl go. If it weren’t for us maybe who know what happen. It’s crazy. He just came out of nowhere. Not too sure what he was planning to do, but carrying a blanket, either he’s homeless or looking for a kid. That’s what I saw. That’s what my thinking is.”

Bracero recounted how frightened the little girl’s grandmother was during the incident: 

“She started screaming, the grandmother, ‘My little girl! My little girl!’ She was hysterical. It was like a movie, but this is real life. It was crazy.”

Police later caught up with the suspect after he fled the area, with authorities saying Salcedo was located while he was sleeping in the doorway of a nearby business.

Speaking to the New York Post, the 3-year-old’s mother, Jana Repka, said that she wants the suspect to “get help” but doesn’t want to see him put in jail:

“I want to press charges but I don’t want him to go to jail. I want him to get help. Jail is not going to help him.”

During Salcedo’s arraignment on October 12th, his public defender, Angeline Andersen, quoted the victim’s mother and asked for leniency:

“I ask that your honor have that same compassion and understanding for Mr. Salcedo that the complainant’s mother did.”

The public defender asked that Salcedo receive “medical treatment and mental health services”, which the judge did agree to. When it came time to set bail, Judge Seth Steed noted that the case is “very serious” and noted the time Salcedo faces if convicted:

“The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison for the alleged kidnapping of the 3-year-old girl.”

Bail was set at $15,000 for the charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The suspect was further ordered to stay away from the victim in the event he’s able to make bail.

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Pre-teen suspect sought in shooting of 13-year-old at basketball court in police-defunded, gun-controlled NYC

(Originally published October 12th, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police are currently searching for a pre-teen suspect in a shooting that injured a 13-year-old boy at a Bronx basketball court earlier in October. Authorities say that the victim was shot by the suspect following an argument at the basketball court at the playground.

The shooting incident occurred on October 7th at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the Hunts Point Playground, according to police. An at-large suspect who is reportedly known as “Chulo” was alleged to have gotten into some kind of verbal altercation with the victim before shooting him in the knee.

Surveillance video of the young suspect shows him to be somewhat agitated about something, holding an apparent firearm in his right hand.

Following the shooting, police say that the suspect fled the area with four other people who are also wanted for questioning.

The victim was transported to Harlem Hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

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In other news regarding violent crime involving teens, the second teenage suspect has pleaded guilty in the 2019 murder of a college student in New York City. 

A third juvenile suspect is still fighting their case, which authorities allege the final suspect is the one who allegedly stabbed the victim during an attempted robbery. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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Black teen pleads guilty to second-degree murder after stabbing white college student to death

(Originally published October 3rd, 2021)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – One of the teenagers who was implicated in the killing of 18-year-old Tessa Majors back in 2019 reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder back in September.

The now-16-year-old who pleaded guilty, Luchiano Lewis, was charged as an adult and fill face sentencing later in October.

On September 21st, 16-year-old Lewis entered a guilty plea for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery for the December 11th, 2019 killing of Tessa Majors.

Majors was fatally stabbed in New York City’s Morningside Park during an attempted robbery, where Lewis, who was 14 at the time, said was carried out by himself and two other teens.

One of the teens involved, Zyairr Davis who was reportedly 13 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty in 2020 to robbery charges and is currently serving an 18-month sentence in a juvenile facility.

This leaves only one other alleged participant not having been convicted in Majors’ killing, now-16-year-old Rashaun Weaver.

According to a statement Lewis delivered while in court entering his plea, he alleged that his then-14-year-old classmate at the time, Weaver, was the individual who coaxed him and Davis into “doing robberies with him”, also pointing out that Weaver was the person who stabbed Majors.

Lewis told the court that on two different occasions when Weaver urged him to participate in robberies, he backed out, but then joined in on one failed mugging and then eventually participated in the December 2019 incident that resulted in Majors being killed.

On the night of Majors’ murder, Lewis said he and the others saw her walking in the park while looking down at her cellphone, and Weaver approached her from the rear and kicked her in the back, saying:

“Give me your money! Run your pockets, I’m not playing!”

Lewis claimed that Majors responded with, “Are you seriously trying to rob me?”

A tussle ensued, with Lewis placing Majors in a headlock and Weaver allegedly stabbing her. Lewis told the court that the knife was not part of the plan when robbing the young woman:

“I assumed that Rashaun had a knife on him, but I didn’t see it and using a knife was not part of our plan.”

Lewis further added that on the evening of the incident, he didn’t even know that Majors had been stabbed, let alone died.

It wasn’t until he heard about there being a murder in the park where they robbed Majors that Lewis checked new reports online and saw their victim from the prior evening:

“I realized it was the girl we had robbed.”

The statement delivered to the court by Lewis serves as more evidence that has been piling up against Weaver in the case, which he has pleaded not guilty to. Weaver’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, was also present during Lewis’ guilty plea in court.

Lichtman, who is most known for having previously represented Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is representing Weaver for free – saying that his client who is accused of being the individual who stabbed Majors in her heart doesn’t deserve life in prison:

“This was not a premeditated murder as we heard inside. These were 14-and 13-year-old boys. Let’s make sure to remember that.”

The Majors family issued a statement regarding the second guilty plea achieved in their daughter’s case:

“We are aware of today’s proceeding involving the second guilty plea. We remain resolute in our belief that all parties who bear responsibility for Tess’s senseless death will be held accountable, and we are deeply grateful to the many people who continue to pursue that goal.

In particular, we would like to thank the members of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department for their tireless and thorough efforts. We have maintained confidence in their work from the beginning and appreciate their diligence and the compassion they have shown us.”

According to New York state law, a second-degree murder conviction can carry a prison sentence of 15 to 25 years. Sentencing for Lewis will be carried out on October 14th.

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