MANHATTAN, NY – An elderly New York concierge is now on the mend after police allege a woman in a mental crisis allegedly attacked him with a machete. Thankfully, the man, who suffered a fractured skull, is expected to recover.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 7, 2022
In early September, 82-year-old Hubert Meulens was walking into an MTA office near Whitehall Street just before 8:30 a.m. when he felt something hit his head.
Meulens at first thought that something had fallen from a building and struck him until he realized he was being attacked by a woman he had never seen before. He said:
“When I turned the corner, I received a blow in the head. I thought something came down from a building – an object or something…She just came from behind. It was more than one blow. She hit me on the right side of the skull above the ear.”
After being struck in the head with the machete, Meulens attempted to get away from the woman who followed him and sprayed him with bear spray.
After the attack, the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Deashe Calhoun, walked away towards the MTA headquarters.
Even though he was blinded by the bear spray, Meulens was still able to flag down a New York Police Department officer to inform him of what had occurred.
The officer alerted others who were in the area and Calhoun was found with the bear spray still in her hand. NYPD officers searched the area and located the machete which she had hidden just before contact with officers.
Deashe Calhoun, 20, charged with attempted murder and ordered held on $500,000 bail for yesterday's unprovoked machete attack on an 82-year-old UWS concierge in the Financial District. https://t.co/4mUMTsNNHb
— Crime in NYC (@CrimeInNYC) September 8, 2022
An unnamed witness claimed that Calhoun had no “emotion” when officers confronted her after the violent attack. The witness claimed:
“She was just standing there while I guess everyone is being called. Four or five cruisers came by. She was just standing there…no emotion or nothing.”
Calhoun was arrested by officers with the NYPD and was ultimately charged with attempted murder, assault, and weapons charges for the attack. In a phone interview, Meulens, who received 11 stitches and a fractured skull in the attack, was thankful Calhoun was apprehended but was concerned she was free in the first place. He said:
“Even with just one blow, I could have passed away. I’m surprised she wasn’t in prison. She needs to be away from society for a long time.”
Meulens’ surprise that Calhoun was not in prison comes after learning that she has had seven previous arrests for previous attacks with machetes or other weapons, according to the New York Post, including one that occurred just days before this one. The Post reported that Calhoun was arrested and released after she allegedly followed a 31-year-old man and threatened him with a machete on August 25th.
The Post spoke to unnamed police sources who allege that Calhoun is well known to randomly attack people in the area. The source allegedly said:
“[Calhoun is] a maniac. She’s known to carry knives, sharp instruments, and machetes. How is she out walking around?”
Beyond these two arrests, Calhoun has faced other criminal charges for the same or similar incidents, like one that was reported on March 26th when she allegedly followed someone in Washington Square Park. NYPD officers arrested her after she allegedly threatened the victim with a knife while saying:
“I’m coming for ya.”
Thankfully, with the most recent arrest, prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorneys Office were able to get a judge to assign a $500,000 bond, something that makes Meulen’s son, Peter Marcel, feel better about the situation. He told the Post:
“Thank God. That’s [the bond] is appropriate. It doesn’t make sense that she was on the streets in the first place.”
Report: Manhattan judge releases another repeat offender without bail – this one assaulted a cop
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police-defunded, Democrat-run New York City continues to cut violent, repeat offenders loose thanks to its “bail reform” policies.
According to a report from The New York Post, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell released Nathaniel Turner, who allegedly punched one cop and tried to bite another, even though a prosecutor asked for a $20,000 bail.
This is the second time in a weeks time span that McDonnell, who was appointed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio, let a criminal go free. Law Enforcement Today reported that McDonnell let Jacob Poole, who also goes by the name Jessica, walk on supervised release.
Poole is a serial shoplifter who was facing 37 counts and even though prosecutors requested a $10,000 bail, the judge still released the repeat offender.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said that the parole system is “broke” and “judges like this refuse to protect the public.” He added:
“All we have are two revolving doors. One putting violent criminals back on the streets and another putting cops and innocent victims in the hospital. It has to change.”
Turner, who is 55-years-old, was arrested after he was allegedly seen getting ready to smoke crack on West 36th Street on the afternoon of August 24th.
According to law enforcement sources, he ran from officers who eventually caught up with him. At that time, he allegedly punched one of them in the face and attempted to bite another cop who used a Taser to gain compliance.
The officer who was punched was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later released after being treated for swelling and bruising.
Turner was arrested and arraigned on charges of felony assault to a police officer, attempted assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutor Nicole Hoehle said in a statement:
“Defendant also has an extensive criminal history, including four violent felony convictions, one nonviolent felony conviction, six misdemeanor convictions, two failures to appear, an escape charge, a probation revocation, and three parole revocations.”
According to law enforcement sources, Turner, a resident of the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, was arrested in 2019 for allegedly assaulting a cop on the roof of a NYCHA building. Lucian Chalfen, a court system spokesman, said in a statement:
“Our criminal justice reform laws give the arraigning judge narrow discretion and require them to consider both the least restrictive form or pretrial detention and if a monetary amount is set, that it be within the defendant’s ability to meet it.”
Turner’s release comes after the no bail release of paroled, convicted sex offender Bui Van Phu, who has been accused of violently sucker punching a 52-year-old man. Phu was not brought back into custody until Governor Kathy Hochul intervened.
Law enforcement sources are dismayed by the latest case of letting criminal offenders walk free. One source fumed:
“Someone has to die now before anyone spends a night in jail.”
On August 3rd, the New York Police Department (NYPD) put out a press release detailing just how career and violent criminals are exploiting the criminal justice system in New York City. In a statement, Mayor Eric Adams said:
“The hardworking women and men of the NYPD are doing the work, but the overall system is failing New Yorkers by allowing repeat offenders back out on the streets over and over again. Time and time again, our police officers arrest someone who has multiple charges, but no matter how many times this person may have been arrested before, they are often walking free hours later.”
According to the press release, so far in the year 2022, overall arrests by police have increased by 24 percent compared to the same time period in 2021. Arrests for the seven major felony crimes are up by approximately 29 percent compared to the same period in 2021.