Man arrested for assault of senior outside Stuyvesant Town

Assault suspect

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a 35-year-old man for the alleged assault of a senior at a Stuyvesant Town bus stop and for reportedly punching a second person at the end of April.

Konstantin Verbitsky allegedly approached the 82-year-old woman while she was sitting on a bus stop bench at East 14th Street and First Avenue on April 22 around 7 p.m. and reportedly pushed her to the ground without provocation. Police said that while she was on the ground, he also punched her, causing pain and swelling in the victim’s hip, back, neck, knees and shoulder.

Verbitsky was also charged in connection with a second alleged assault that took place at the same corner a few minutes later. Police said that the second victim was at the corner recording something on his phone when Verbitsky allegedly walked up to him and punched him in the face.

Police said that Verbitsky did not know either victim. The suspect was charged in connection with both assaults on Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Verbitsky’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

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2 thoughts on “Man arrested for assault of senior outside Stuyvesant Town

  1. The 13th Precinct and Town & Village should report the residence of the alleged perpetrators and any prior criminal convictions.

    New York State is releasing substantially more inmates with creduced the standards for parole and many former inmates come to New York City to take spots in shelters, even if they have no prior ties to the city.

  2. Seems to be Open Season on the elderly and disabled of New York City just lately. Some people BELONG behind bars and should be kept there. We also need better security in Sty Town because we are not immune. We used to have Security, but they’ve been replaced with ornamental officers who are not allowed to enforce rules and aren’t around enough to protect us from garbage like Verbitsky.

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