By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A Stuyvesant Town woman was attacked inside her apartment by a man she met on the street earlier that night at the end of last month.
Police said that the 52-year-old victim met three men in the neighborhood on the night of January 22 and invited them back to her apartment at 5 Stuyvesant Oval around 12:45 a.m. Two of the men left the apartment shortly after to buy cigarettes and once they were gone, 23-year-old Shadi Torres allegedly grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground.
According to the District Attorney’s office, Torres also attempted to pull down her pants and allegedly attempted to strangle her, putting a hand around her neck and forcefully squeezing her throat, causing substantial pain and swelling. A criminal complaint said that the victim attempted to call 911 but Torres grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall. When the victim tried to call 911 on her cell phone, Torres allegedly grabbed the device and ran out of the apartment. It was unclear if the victim’s phone was recovered.
The victim told police that the other two men returned to her apartment shortly after Torres left and one of them, who went to make sure the victim was okay, gave her the suspect’s name.
Town & Village previously reported that Torres was arrested for possession of a controlled substance outside of Stuyvesant Town in front of 309 First Avenue on January 28. The NYPD was able to connect Torres to the robbery when he was ultimately arrested because the victim had told police his name when she was finally able to report the incident.
Torres was charged with robbery, grand larceny, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief and harassment and his attorney could not be reached for comment.