By Sabina Mollot
A 25-year-old man from Hamilton Heights was arrested in connection with the brutal attack of a woman near Stuyvesant Town two Saturdays ago.
Frankie Simmons of 93 Hamilton Place was found, police said on Monday, after it was noticed in surveillance images that he was wearing a hospital wristband. After canvassing local hospitals, he was identified, police said, although a spokesperson for the NYPD said she didn’t have information about which hospital it was.
He has since been charged with assault in the first degree as a sexually motivated felony, robbery in the first degree, attempted burglary in the second degree that was sexually motivated and strangulation in the second degree as a sexually motivated felony.
The incident, which occurred on May 29, sent shockwaves in the community for the seemingly random violence. It was around 2 a.m. on East 18th Street between First and Second Avenue, when a man grabbed a woman in a chokehold, and when she tried to fight back, punched her in the face repeatedly until she blacked out. When the victim regained consciousness, she saw that her underwear had been pulled down to her knees. Her phone had also been stolen.