Homeless 83-year-old charged with choking woman, stabbing 2 men

Across from 495 First Avenue (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested an 83-year-old homeless man, Henry German, after he allegedly stabbed a man with an ice pick, causing his lung to collapse, and strangled a woman on First Avenue last Saturday around 3:20 p.m. German was additionally charged in connection with an assault in 2016 that also resulted in the victim’s lung collapsing. He was arrested at the corner of Peter Cooper Road and First Avenue but police said the incidents happened near 495 First Avenue at East 29th Street.

He allegedly first approached a woman, grabbed her throat and choked her.

Police said that German attacked the second victim nearby the First Avenue location around the same time. German allegedly stabbed the man in the chest with an ice pick several times, which the DA’s office said caused the victim’s lung to collapse.

The incident last year occurred on October 15 around 1 p.m. after the victim reportedly picked up German’s cane near East 30th Street and First Avenue. German told the man to put the cane down and then allegedly came towards him aggressively, causing an injury that the victim said felt like a burning sensation in his chest.

He told the DA’s office that he saw German running away from him while holding a screwdriver and found that he was bleeding. The wound on the left side of the victim’s chest resulted in a collapsed lung, the DA’s office said.

German was charged with two counts of assault and obstruction of breath, and his attorney did not respond to a request for comment on the case.

Police didn’t know if German had been staying at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, saying they were only aware of a previous address in The Bronx.

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4 thoughts on “Homeless 83-year-old charged with choking woman, stabbing 2 men

  1. I don’t know what to think now with this new shelter opening on 17th street. I am all for helping out those in need, but at the same time my hypocrite self does not want another shelter in the neighborhood. 30th street seems like more than enough for one neighborhood to have around.

  2. But 30th Street isn’t the only hellhole in the neighborhood. Kenmore Hall is still actively a spot for drug dealing and more over on 23rd Street between 3rd and Lexington. I wouldn’t recommend walking up that block in the late evening, unless you’re not particularly picky about walking right through loud fistfights over payments for deals, and worse. Have you ever wondered why the steps of the post office on that block stink of urine? The tenants there are formerly homeless, and actively self-medicating, and often not right in the head. And this is in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in town.

  3. The article states “Police didn’t know if German had been staying at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, saying they were only aware of a previous address in The Bronx.” yet why is there a picture of the 30th Street shelter for this article? That is misleading.

    • The crime happened on that corner. (To clarify: all three happened around that intersection, but the most recent incidents happened on First Avenue at the corner of East 29th Street, pictured here.)

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