Recently, a Peter Cooper resident was punched in the face in a random assault as he was out walking his dog on the property. The resident, who didn’t want his name published, told Town & Village last week about the incident, which happened on July 21, when he strolled past a man who was sitting on a bench.
In a swift move, the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, got up and punched the resident in the face, knocking off and breaking his glasses in the process. The resident also fell backwards and dropped his dog’s leash, and the pooch went running. “There were eight people there and no one helped me up,” he recalled, although at that point, one neighbor did follow the attacker, who had fled the area towards 511 East 20th Street. There, he got onto a bike that had been leaning on a fence and pedaled away towards the gas station under the FDR Drive.
The resident said he is now fine, having only gotten a few cuts from the scuffle, and the dog fortunately didn’t get too far away after the incident.
The victim described the suspect as Hispanic, about 5 ft. 5 ins. tall and slim except for a beer gut, and had puffy hair. He was wearing all green, including a camouflage shirt. The resident also suspects the man was under some sort of influence. “He was clearly a crazy person. He looked like his eyes were popping out,” he said. “He was definitely not a resident.”
Earlier this month came the big news that five companies were awarded licenses to operate a total of 20 medical marijuana dispensaries to the state.
One, as Town & Village previously reported, will be heading to 212 East 14th Street. This is good news for a number of reasons.
First, the market is opening to an alternative medicine in a city dominated by chain pharmacies hawking pricey prescriptions.
To be fair we don’t know yet what the medical pot will cost — and also it’s pretty tough to qualify to be eligible to purchase it. Still, any new business in the neighborhood that contributes to its identity as an area thick with medical institutions is always welcome. As are the jobs it creates.
And perhaps even more importantly, it isn’t a chain pharmacy, bank or a 7-Eleven.
Former Con Ed employee Trevial Terry was indicted last Thursday for stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her office and then attacking two of his co-workers with an ax inside the Con Edison building where he worked. Terry, 40, has been charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, as well as multiple counts of assault and attempted assault in the first degree and attempted assault in the second degree.
According to court records, Terry followed his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend to the Upper East Side building where she worked on June 22 at 2:25 p.m. and after he was allowed into the building’s lobby, stabbed her with a knife at least six times in the abdomen, side and buttocks. The Daily News reported at the time of his arrest that he and the victim, Alicia Sylvia, were in the middle of a custody battle over their child. She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.