By Sabina Mollot
A homeless man from the 30th Street men’s shelter has been arrested for allegedly bashing a woman over the head with an unknown object multiple times in an attempt to get her bag.
Police say Darnell Williams, 29, was picked up at the shelter, known locally as Bellevue, on Thursday night, after being recognized by police from surveillance footage.
Cops said Williams has a lengthy criminal history and was released from prison two months ago after a five year stint for a robbery upstate.
He also has arrests for grand larceny in upstate areas as well as an arrest for criminal trespass in the city.
In the most recent incident, on February 26, the victim, a 37-year-old woman was walking along Second Avenue at 34th Street when a man approached her from behind and struck her on the head. He then pulled on her bag, knocking her down in the process. While the victim was still on the ground, her attacker continued to hit her in the head with the object before fleeing empty-handed. The woman was taken to NYU Hospital for treatment.
Williams has been charged with attempted robbery, assault and grand larceny.
In 2015, the Department of Homeless Services, which oversees the 30th Street shelter, said the shelter would start taking in only employed or employable men.
We reached out to the DHS and will update this story if we hear back.