Horror: NYPD arrest man who slashed the face of a 2-year-old boy in random, unprovoked attack

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Manhattan, New York – A 35-year-old suspect was recently taken into custody for allegedly cutting the face of a two-year-old child on July 1st in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Authorities say that the incident happened at around 9:35 a.m. on July 1st when the child was with his nanny at 11oth Street and Morningside Drive.

The suspect, Anthony Gonzalez, allegedly approached the boy while he was with his nanny and cut him just above his right eye with a sharpened object.

Police were not able to immediately find the suspect after the incident and on July 2nd the NYPD shared images of the suspect online in an effort to gain a lead as to his whereabouts and identity.

The father of the young victim stated that the boy required six stitches above the sustained wound, but is expected to recover. Still, the event was a deeply unnerving experience for the father and his wife:

“My wife was horrified. My son is very nervous, also under stress.”

The father went into detail about the incident from the nanny’s perspective, stating the following:

“She told me some guy leaned over the stroller, cut my son, and she immediately notified 911. She immediately called my wife.”

On July 3rd, the day following the press release on the then-wanted suspect, NYPD Commissioner Shea took to Twitter to announce that Gonzalez had been taken into custody:

“ARRESTED! Thanks to the hard work & dedication of [NYPD detectives], who’re relentless in their investigations, the suspect wanted for this horrific crime against a defenseless child has been charged with felony assault. As always, outstanding work by the men & women of the NYPD.”

Gonzalez was reportedly charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the alleged attack on the child. Investigators are uncertain as to what the motivation of the attack was, but are actively working on the case.

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While police haven’t unveiled possible motivations for the crime that Gonzalez allegedly committed, it would hardly be surprising if the talking point of “mental health” was introduced by those observing the status of the case. 

That aspect was certainly brought up with Rashid Brimmage’s case involving an alleged unprovoked attack caught on camera. 

There are some who can go their entire life without a citation or getting arrested, and many who may have one or maybe two arrests in their lifetime. But the 31-year-old man that police say violently attacked a 92-year-old woman has been arrested at least 100 times already.

The way former NYPD Chief Kevin Harrington sees things, there’s something clearly wrong with the criminal justice system if someone can be arrested that many times and be free to walk the streets.

Police say that Rashid Brimmage is the man featured in the disturbing surveillance footage that captured the moment when a 92-year-old woman was shoved down to the ground unprovoked, causing her to strike her head on a fire hydrant.

It’s a miracle that the woman is alive, to say the least. The victim spoke about the disturbing attack:

“I was all bloody. This man did nothing except change my life and almost kill me.”

Brimmage, who is a registered sex offender from a 2013 conviction of forcible touching intimate parts and 2014 conviction of persistent sexual abuse, has amassed at least 100 arrests in his lifetime as an adult. That’s an average of nearly 8 arrests for every year of adulthood.

From Harrington’s perspective, aspects like bail reform can only further complicate or even manifest these very scenarios:

“When you have sweeping reforms like this, they allow for a menace like this to be on the street, and ultimately it’s communities who pay the price.”

Local CBS new affiliate correspondent Jessica Moore asked Harrington if it’s possible that aspects related to mental health were not addressed in Brimmage’s previous arrests, to which Harrington responded with:

“I don’t want to say the system failed him, but perhaps if he was incarcerated other agencies would’ve had the opportunity to get him the help he needs….

The questions I have is, who’s holding our social serves to a higher standard? Someone’s got to be responsible for that element of society, and if it’s not going to be law enforcement, who is? What measures are taken to improve those services?”

Typically, whenever the term “mental health” is invoked, even in cases as despicable as the one Brimmage is accused of, there is no shortage of professionals chiming in on trying to “help” a violent offender.

Jennifer Abcug was among those regarding this case, that stated the following about the matter: 

“He needs somebody to say to him, ‘Hey, look let’s talk about this. Let me try to help you’. Even just ‘let me try to help you’ is very different than throwing him in jail.”

There hasn’t been much said about whether Brimmage was administered mental health services during any periods in which he was incarcerated.

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